1 March 2011
by Lauren McKirdy
We are really pleased to share that Carl Turner Architects have been selected to exhibit a series of installations at MUDE (Museu do Design e da Moda) - the Design and Fashion Museum of Lisbon. The installation follows on from the New Architects: Portugal_UK international exchange programme run by British Council and The Architecture Foundation.
Carl Turner Architects’ proposal, entitled ‘Home from Home’ recreates a stereotypical British home by producing an installation that will encourage visitors to engage with the everyday rituals of domestic life. Here, the activities within a house - reading, sleeping, eating, watching TV and playing - will be organised so that the inhabitants are presented with an opportunity to experience the ‘British’ house. The proposal encourages learning and play within the MUDE museum setting: adults can use the pieces of furniture, children can explore and experiment, as well as becoming a vehicle for displaying information on British housing (publications, sound and film). Traditional British components – a teacup, hot water bottle, umbrella – will be displayed and will encourage visitors to examine the small, subtle differences between ordinary objects in Britain and Portugal to question what makes a home a home.
We look forward to seeing the installations, which are due to open at MUDE on April 21st 2011.
Carl Turner Architects is a multidisciplinary Architecture and Design Studio working in scales of furniture, housing and the city. Landscape is a constant theme in the practice’s work; how an interior can be like an exterior, and vice versa. Expanding on the principals’ Royal College of Art training, they have taken the ‘making’ ethos of the RCA and transferred it into their architecture, by finding a unique way of working very closely with an extended network of other skilled craftsmen, including artists, builders, furniture makers, engineers and many others. Through love and necessity they usually build their projects to create high quality, careful architecture with character. There is a consensus in their studio that housing is the most important architectural typology. Most of their work has been residential and they have used these projects to explore several underlying themes. The practice are interested in emotional and intimate space, what houses should look like, boundaries between living and working in an increasingly frenetic world; how houses are arranged into urban blocks and how new houses are funded by the individual or small groups of people. Teaching is an important part of developing their work and research. Carl Turner & Zoe Fudge currently teach at Greenwich School of Architecture at Degree and Diploma Levels and Bryn Griffiths has taught at the Royal College of Art and Westminster University. The practice was included in the Architecture Foundation’s Next Generation shortlist 2008.