Technical design, fabrication and installation of the Herzog de Meuron exhibition at the Royal Academy, July 2023. The first room in the Winkler Galleries contains a series of three ‘kabinetts’ measuring 5m in length and 3m tall. Hand crafted from Redwood Woodex, the vitrines were designed to imitate the display vitrines in the Herzog de Meuron studios in Basel. The kabinetts included adjustable shelves made from Spruce Tillyboard in order to display a range of architects’ models and samples. All components were machined by hand in the White Wall workshop, using as few mechanical fixings as possible. The kabinetts were assembled within one day in the gallery.
Within the second room, a freestanding wall was assembled from a bespoke powder coated truss structure. No fixings were permitted in the listed building and thus the design integrated discreet ballast to sit within the wall. Due to the 5m x 3m size of the projection screen, it was stretched on site.
The third room centred around a constructed section of a mock-up bedroom from the Kinderspital Zurich, a children’s hospital currently under construction. The mock-up structurally relies on an internal timber frame and then a series of welded aluminium braces/armatures to support the two multi-angled cantilevered roofs. One side of the structure depicts the inside of a bedroom whilst the other shows the slated exterior façade. The mock-up is painted white and serves as a backdrop for an AR installation. White Wall redecorated every room in the gallery and installed all within 5 days.
MaterialsRedwood Engineered Woodex in various sections sizes, 27mm thick Spruce Tillyboard, aluminium, steel, 44 x 44 timber, FR MDF, and Myland’s matt emulsion paint, clear coat matt lacquer
ServicesTechnical Design, Fabrication, Installation