The Architecture of Memory



Finkernagel Ross, exhibited for a fourth year running as part of the RIBA London Open Studios 2017 within the London Festival of Architecture. This follows our hugely successful participation at previous year’s events – the Architecture Surgery in response to a theme of ‘Community’, 1:1 in response to ‘Work in Progress’ & Camera Obscura in response to ‘Capital’.

In 2006 Stahlwerk Augustfehn, a small, rural steel factory in North Germany, approached Finkernagel Ross regarding the modernisation and reorganisation of their 19th century factory. This kicked off what was to become a ten-year relationship resulting in three new buildings involving the re-housing of several unearthed artefacts of a bygone era – a painstakingly restored former factory clock, a nineteenth-century steam engine (the only one of its kind still in operation) and several old original steel hammers.

These projects along with the recording of the memory and layering of the community, the people, their activities and the sense of place, light, and materiality are what will form the basis of the exhibition.

For 2017’s LFA, with its theme of ‘Memory’, we have opted to exhibit in collaboration with David Vintiner, a London based photographer whose emotive work appears both in print and in the National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition is made possible with the support of Atrium Ltd. lighting and will be displayed in their Shoreditch showroom.