In spring 2008 architectural critic and editor Ellis Woodman invited dRMM to take part in the exhibition ‘Home/Away: Five British Architects Build Housing in Europe’ for the British Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. The exhibition looks at the development of housing and examines how five contemporary UK architects are addressing the question of housing today in the UK, and compared with projects undertaken by the same architects working on the Continent.dRMM showed two projects: one in London, Wansey Street Housing, and one in Norway, the Timber Towers. Large abstract models were constructed using 1:1 project building materials, concrete and cross laminated timber. (More information on these projects can be found in the projects or materials sections of our website)No architectural drawings were shown on the walls. The model plinths contained integrated drawers with books explaining dRMM’s pioneering work in the field of cross laminated timber design. A single superscaled wide-angle photograph of Wansey Street by John Davies accompanied the exhibits, and dRMM collaborated with textile designer Stephanie Sloan on very large printed curtains of digital wood grain pattern to complete the installation in Venice.
Photography © Alex de Rijke, David Grandorge