Sensing Spaces indulges architecture’s vaulting ambition

January 21, 2014
By Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

What would buildings look like if their creators didn’t have to worry about annoying things like planning, budgets, climate and clients? Oliver Wainwright enters a world of Blade Runner cathedrals and waffle caves.

Standing face to face with an angel brandishing a golden goose can give you an entirely different perspective on the world. It is an experience that awaits in the Royal Academy where, jacked up eight metres into the air, you find yourself eye-level with one of the galleries’ ornate ceilings, swallowed into a scene of ovolos and astragals, anthemions and palmettes, a dense world of plaster mouldings.

Up here, everything looks bigger. More…

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