Supermodels, an Exhibition by Piercy&Co
Supermodels - an exhibition of super architectural models by the Piercy&Co studio - opens 25 November at Regent Quarter, Kings Cross. Piercy&Co will install eight moving and animated models across the eerie setting of an empty central London building site. Supermodels represents the distillation of 20 years of the studio’s design thinking around the importance of the haptic, sensorial and experiential in architecture.
The mechanical automata, projection mapping, sound, light and scent employed by Piercy&Co in Supermodels are not the everyday techniques and products of an architectural project. Rather, they are a creative body of work and an experiment in how far the model can be pushed as a tool for communicating architectural ideas. The models were made over a five year period in Piercy&Co's London studio by the architectural team, between and around projects.
Each super model is based on a building by Piercy&Co - some built, some unbuilt - and abstracted to capture the kernel of the idea behind the building. The ‘coming alive’ of the models through film, sound and movement plays into the mysterious allure of objects with a miniature life of their own - the dolls house, the cuckoo clock, the model railway. The evocation of delight is intentionally egalitarian - an exploration of a mode of architectural communication that is ageless and universal. Supermodels seek to reconnect digital and physical worlds through a childlike sense of wonder and unfiltered joy.
The Supermodels exhibition is located in the Jahn Court building, which is currently at the often unseen point of a project between strip out works and construction. The planned extension and refurbishment of Jahn Court forms part of Endurance Land’s ten-year vision to revitalise Regent Quarter, a mixed-use 3.5 acre urban quarter east of King’s Cross station. Piercy&Company are leading the design strategy for the Quarter and are lead architects on the retrofit of three existing buildings – Jahn Court, Times House and the Laundry Buildings. We would like to thank Endurance Land for their support in making the exhibition possible.
Jahn Court, Regent Quarter
34 York Way
Friday 25 November until Sunday 11 December 2022
12pm-7pm Monday to Friday
12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday
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