Today I went to see an exhibition over my lunch break – at the Royal Academy of Art.

I pass next to it every day and it is only today that I found the time to check it out.

Sensing spaces – is a “physical” architectural exhibition. Much more than just drawings and plans.

It has real life installations – that are meant to create different moods, in the same way that the places in which we live, work, learn, play stimulate or not our mind and soul.

I see this exhibition as a communication bridge  between architects and the public. The idea of the exhibition is to show the world in a very concrete form how the spaces we inhabit or come across in our everyday life can make us unleash different feelings and emotions that ultimately affect our activities and intellect.

My favourite installation was the labyrinth made from wooden tree branches developed by Li Xiaodong.

While walking through it, I had a sense mystery and comfort at the same time, given by the corridors dressed in the natural wooden branches. After going through the shadowy corridors I ended up in a peaceful room, where the optical illusions created by mirror fittings formed a sense of openness.

I found out later that the installation is a small model of the real life project developed in China.

A marvellous cosy library where the tree branches seem to create the perfect light for reading .

Without knowing that a real construction existed or what its purpose was, going through the maze presented me with the exact attributes that i would imagine a library to have: mysterious, peaceful, cosy.

The installation in London 



The real life construction

© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong

© Li Xiaodong