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Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Space Popular
Value in the Virtual

19 September - 18 November 2018

Space Popular unfold an immersive installation exploring the role of architecture, and architects, in the design of virtual worlds.

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Value in the Virtual presents a vision of the latent potential of spatial design in and for virtual environments. Shaped by the practice and conceptual lens of Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, creative directors of the London-based architecture studio Space Popular, this installation articulates a direction for architecture which interfaces with cognitive science, colour theory, and the spectacular possibilities laid before us at the dawn of an imminent, immersive virtual reality.

Taking the form of two simultaneously active environments, one physical and one virtual, experience full-scale fragments of Stockholm dissolve, mutate, distort and replicate and envision a constellation of possible futures in which material values are radically recast.

With Value in the Virtual, Boxen becomes a shared space and testing ground for discussion about the role of architecture, and of the architect, in the virtual sphere. During and beyond the exhibition a virtual layer of Boxen will be able to be visited in Sansar – a social virtual reality platform accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Experience the exhibition in VR

Parallel to the physical space in Boxen, the exhibition also has a virtual experience that can be experienced through the social virtual reality platform Sansar

Events

You Are a Citizen of Virtual Worlds
Mark Wigley and Space Popular on Science Fiction and Architecture

 

Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Special Advisor: William Hamilton
Assistants: Ludvig Holmen, Daniel Tayar-Watson
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko
Project team at ArkDes: Madeléne Beckman, Markus Eberle, Daniel Golling, Jakob Kjellberg, Stefan Mossfeldt, Sandra Nolgren, Elisabet Schön, Halla Sigurðardottir, Maria Östman, Eva-Lisa Saksi

Space Popular

Lara Lesmes (Spain) and Fredrik Hellberg (Sweden), both graduates from the Architectural Association in London, founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013. Based in London since 2016, the practice works at multiple scales: from furniture and interior design to architecture, urbanism, and the design of virtual worlds. The duo have extensive teaching experience at INDA (Bangkok) and the Architectural Association and have lectured and participated as visiting critics internationally. Beyond their academic experience, Space Popular has ongoing and realised built projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia.

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Images from the exhibition


Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg (Space Popular). Photo: Jonas Malmström

Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg (Space Popular). Photo: Jonas Malmström

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

Photo: Jeanette Hägglund

The Home (an ordinary home). Image: Space Popular

The Home (an ordinary home). Image: Space Popular

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Value in the Virtual presents a vision of the latent potential of spatial design in and for virtual environments. Shaped by the practice and conceptual lens of Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, creative directors of the London-based architecture studio Space Popular, this installation articulates a direction for architecture which interfaces with cognitive science, colour theory, and the spectacular possibilities laid before us at the dawn of an imminent, immersive virtual reality.

Taking the form of two simultaneously active environments, one physical and one virtual, experience full-scale fragments of Stockholm dissolve, mutate, distort and replicate and envision a constellation of possible futures in which material values are radically recast.

With Value in the Virtual, Boxen becomes a shared space and testing ground for discussion about the role of architecture, and of the architect, in the virtual sphere. During and beyond the exhibition a virtual layer of Boxen will be able to be visited in Sansar – a social virtual reality platform accessible by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Experience the exhibition in VR

Parallel to the physical space in Boxen, the exhibition also has a virtual experience that can be experienced through the social virtual reality platform Sansar

Events

You Are a Citizen of Virtual Worlds
Mark Wigley and Space Popular on Science Fiction and Architecture

 

Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Special Advisor: William Hamilton
Assistants: Ludvig Holmen, Daniel Tayar-Watson
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko
Project team at ArkDes: Madeléne Beckman, Markus Eberle, Daniel Golling, Jakob Kjellberg, Stefan Mossfeldt, Sandra Nolgren, Elisabet Schön, Halla Sigurðardottir, Maria Östman, Eva-Lisa Saksi

Space Popular

Lara Lesmes (Spain) and Fredrik Hellberg (Sweden), both graduates from the Architectural Association in London, founded Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013. Based in London since 2016, the practice works at multiple scales: from furniture and interior design to architecture, urbanism, and the design of virtual worlds. The duo have extensive teaching experience at INDA (Bangkok) and the Architectural Association and have lectured and participated as visiting critics internationally. Beyond their academic experience, Space Popular has ongoing and realised built projects and exhibitions in Europe and Asia.

Space Popular