- First publication on the work and philosophy of London-based 6a architects
- 6a architects have realised a number of award winning projects for art museums and galleries
In this exceptional book on the London based studio 6a architects, architecture critic Irénée Scalbert looks at the role of narrative, history, appropriation and craft in the work of Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald. The book traces an architectural approach avoiding style, signature, theory and even concept in favor of metis, an ancient form of intelligence combining 'flair, wisdom, forethought, subtlety of mind, deception, resourcefulness, vigilance, opportunism, varied skills, and experience.' Structured around notions of situation, intervention, making, comedy, bricolage, chance and anthropology, the text is mirrored in a visual essay of archive photographs, artworks, film stills and recent projects by the practice.
6a architects were founded in London in 2001. The practice has developed a reputation for award winning contemporary art galleries, educational and residential projects in sensitive historic environments. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed extension to the South London Gallery (New London Architecture Award 2011 and Civic Trust Award Commendation 2012), Raven Row, contemporary art gallery in Spitalfields, east London (RIBA Award 2010) and the new Fashion Galleries at the V&A opened in May 2012 (nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013). 6a architects won the Schelling Medal for architecture 2012.
* > Irénée Scalbert is an architecture critic based in London. He has taught at the Architectural Association in London 1989-2006. In 2006, 2007 and 2011 he was Visiting Design Critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He currently teaches at SAUL, Limerick, Ireland. He has also been a member of the editorial board of AA Files since 1998 and a jury member for several architecture and book prizes.
Tom Emerson, RIBA, studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge and published articles on architecture, literature and art. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).
Stephanie Macdonald studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art and following a scholarship to Japan, architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University. She has led the 6a architects' collaborative approach working with artists, fashion designers and scientists.
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