Home from Home, a new installation by London-based Carl Turner Architects has now opened at MUDE (Museu do Design e da Moda), the Design and Fashion Museum of Lisbon.
Home from Home examines the design and details of a typical UK home. The installation is composed of five individual structures - each one representing different parts of the home - including the front room, the kitchen, the commode, the bed and the stair. Together these parts create a playfully abstract house, articulating ideas of British domesticity.
The installation is organised by the British Council as part of New Architects: Portugal-UK, the latest in a series of New Architects International Exchange programmes initiated by The Architecture Foundation.
Using materials sourced in the UK, such as lambswool insulation, Home from Home identifies advancements in the British approach to sustainability and efficiency in new housing. The installation challenges traditional house typologies and identifies changes in how we use and engage with our homes today.
The installation encourages learning and play within the museum: adults can use the pieces of furniture, children can explore and experiment. Traditional British objects - a teacup, hot water bottle, umbrella - are on display, encouraging visitors to examine the small, subtle differences between ordinary objects in Britain and Portugal to question what makes a home a home. Publications and videos documenting the history of British housing are available alongside the display and provide an additional learning element.
Vicky Richardson, Director Architecture, Design & Fashion, British Council said: "Home from Home is a playful and thought-provoking installation that should engage visitors of all ages. Exchanges of this kind are important. Not only do they introduce new audiences to innovative designers from the UK, they also allow up-and-coming practices to work overseas and collaborate with their peers in other countries."
The New Architects: Portugal-UK exchange partnered with Ordem dos Arquitectos and MUDE - Museu do Design e da Moda, Colecção Francisco Capelo to create a platform for discussion between young architects from both countries.
The exchange's subject of housing is pertinent to the current practice of architecture in Portugal and the UK, the significance of which was reflected in the 'Let's talk about houses' theme of the 2010 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The exchange began in October 2010 when UK architects MA Projects, KrausShönberg and Carl Turner Architects came together with three Portuguese practices - MOOV, Sami and Oliveria + Ruivo. Together they discussed and explored common preoccupations and interests in housing, habitation and the home.