Brutalist complex Peter and Alison Smithson at the Venice Biennale

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The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibited a fragment of the Robin Hood Gardens construction by four Brutalist Smithsonian architects

This year at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will present Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse. The museum exhibits a fragment of the facade of a residential complex built by architects Alison and Peter Smithson in 1974. The exhibition is dedicated to the history of social real estate and the problem of the shortage of affordable housing in London. The Victoria and Albert Museum is participating in the Venice Architecture Biennale for the third year in a row.

The Robin Hood Gardens complex has already been presented by the Smithsons at the 1976 Venice Biennale. The Victoria and Albert Museum acquired part of the crumbling building. Its demolition was scheduled for December 2017. Also, the museum bought some parts of the building in order to restore the original appearance of the interiors of one of the apartments of the historical building. It is not specified when this fragment of the complex will be fully restored.

The Robin Hood Gardens complex consisted of two concrete blocks located on opposite sides of a large garden. Wide paths called streets in the sky were intended to recreate the look of a classic terrace in London houses.

The elements of the building at the Biennale are supported by a special structure developed by the engineering company Arup. Thanks to it, visitors to the exhibition can go upstairs and appreciate the design.

The exhibition also includes a series of photographs and films describing the stages of building a house.

When: before November 25, 2018.

Where: Italy, Venice, Sale d'Armi A, Arsenale Sestiere Castello Campiello Tana 2169/F, 30122.

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