Architecture and the Art of the Extra Ordinary at the British School at Rome

03/07/2017

Architecture and the Art of the Extra Ordinary at the British School at Rome

AHMM’s new exhibition and accompanying talk by Simon Allford at the British School at Rome explores the idea of the essential architecture of the Universal Building. The exhibition focuses principally on how this approach is manifested in six projects in the very diverse physical, political, cultural and incidental contexts of London, Amsterdam, the United States and India: New Scotland Yard, AEP Fitness Center, Burntwood School, Chobham Academy, the University of Amsterdam, and proposals for a headquarters campus in India. An accompanying set of images sets the six projects in the context of AHMM’s built work over the last 28 years, from the early Poolhouse project in rural England to the groundbreaking White Collar Factory. The importance of the art of an Extra Ordinary Architecture to AHMM’s four founding partners was established in The Fifth Man, their joint diploma thesis at The Bartlett School of Architecture in 1986, in which they stated that ‘function alone is not sufficient means to generate architecture; and that it is in the field of everyday buildings that architecture has failed the city’. AHMM’s work since then has explored how Extra Ordinary architecture is made from the ordinary, making the generic specific to current use without in any way precluding further uses in an unknowable future.

Simon Allford will be giving a lecture this evening (3 July) and the exhibition continues until 21 July at the British School at Rome, via Antonio Gramsci 61, 00197 Rome. Find out more here.