A model of a thatch panel that was used on the Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia has been accepted for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners, has curated the architecture room which called for projects with a strong sustainable agenda.
The Enterprise Centre, designed by BDP’s engineers and Architype, is a low carbon exemplar and pushes the boundaries of the university’s approach to energy efficient buildings. Designed to achieve a 100 year life span the building exemplifies the use of low embodied carbon materials including locally produced thatch panels. Yeoman wheat was developed at the Norwich Research Park and prefabricated into cassettes by Norfolk’s finest master thatchers to act as a rain screen for the building. The use of locally sourced thatch strengthens local supply chains and protects traditional skills by providing out of season work.
BDP architect Chiara Hall has also had her drawing ‘Construction of the Ise Shrine’ accepted for the Architecture Room. It is part of a series of drawings that tell the story of the reconstruction ceremony of the Ise Shrines in Japan, and based on research into the aesthetics of twelfth-century Japanese narrative handscroll paintings.
The Summer Exhibition is in its 251st year, and is the world's largest open contemporary art exhibition and features paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and architectural models. An essential part of the London art calendar, the show draws over 120,000 visitors during its three-month run.
The exhibition runs from 10 June to 12 August at the Royal Academy in London.