‘Out of Architecture’ marks the 50th anniversary of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s celebrated St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The first of a two-part exhibition, will take place at Arup’s in London. It will be open to the public June 23 and will be exhibited as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
The design drew inspiration from the college’s sense of tradition that Jacobsen expressed in his modern architecture and repeated in his innovative furniture and products to define the new college’s emerging identity.
The principle behind ‘Out of Architecture’ is to celebrate the uniqueness of St Catherine’s. Seldom has a piece of architecture been so whole-heartedly designed from the macro to micro scale. Recognised by critic Nikolaus Pevsner in his ‘Buildings of England’ as a ‘perfect piece of architecture’ it was one of the first postwar buildings to be Grade1 listed in 1993.
The exhibition acknowledges the inherent interplay between architecture and furniture. The rigour of the architecture defines the context into which the furniture is placed. Each strengthening the other in a coherent spatial experience.
The exhibition includes examples of St Catherine Easy Chair and Stool and The Oxford Series designed by Jacobsen and made by Fritz Hansen.
Designed by Friend and Company Architects the exhibition in the ARUP Gallery is a poignant reminder of contribution also made by Anglo-Danish engineer Ove Arup.
Out of Architecture - Arup, London
25 June - 31 August 2012
Displayed at Arup, in London, the exhibition
acknowledges the role of celebrated engineer
Ove Arup, who was involved in the nomination
of Jacobsen as architect of the new college
and became its consulting engineer.
Out of Architecture - St Catherine’s College, Oxford
6-23 September 2012
The exhibition in St Catherine’s College library
will be the focus of events organised to celebrate
its fiftieth anniversary. Acting as a ‘satellite’ site
for the London Design Festival the exhibition will
also contribute to the last couple of weeks of the
British Council’s International Showcase and the
Mayor’s Cultural Olympiad coinciding with the
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.