An exploration of the role of narrative, history, appropriation and craft in the work of London based 6a Architects.
Recent projects by 6a Architects include South London Gallery, Raven Row, and the new fashion galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This books explores the thinking and the architectural approach of their works. It examines the unique approach of the members of 6a, wherein they avoid style and signature in favour of a pre-modern sense of metis, or “flair, wisdom, forethought, subtlety of mind, deception, resourcefulness, vigilance, opportunism, varied skills, and experience.” This analysis is accompanied by a striking visual essay of archival photographs, artworks, film stills, and recent projects by the firm. In the end, the book reveals that like contemporary society in general, the architecture of 6a Architects is fundamentally a work of bricolage, creating art composed of various objects on hand and drawing from history and the everyday to create something new and vital.
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