FAT: museum of copying at the 13th international architecture exhibition
FAT: museum of copying at the 13th international architecture exhibition FAT: museum of copying at the 13th international architecture exhibition
aug 31, 2012

FAT: museum of copying at the 13th international architecture exhibition

  FAT: museum of copying at the 13th international architecture exhibition image © designboom




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a focal installation in the arsenale by UK-based firm FAT, the ‘museum of copying’ at the 13th international architecture exhibition explores the concept of imitation. recreating on of the most internationally replicated building, the villa rotunda in veneto by palladio, the large-scale piece is formed from a single cast which has been turned inside out. the structure addresses the rhetoric of architectural influence and its reduction to a singular concept of copying, but with a richer outcome. although the act of replication threatens the integrity of an author’s original idea, this exploration implicates that existing works can be improved from their original state.

FAT museum of copying designboom expressed façade image © designboom




one quarter of the footprint and building, representing a corner and slice domed villa has been turned into a mold and then filled with plaster. once these two halves were separated, they were placed opposite each other and only touching at the pinnacle of the dome. as visitors wind through the structure, they can see the expressed facade of columns and windows in contrast to the inverted mold which formed them, as well as the textured surface of the poured plaster and external formwork supported with steel framing.

FAT museum of copying designboom two halves are connected at the pinnacle of the dome image © designboom


expressed facade oriented to façade outwards, and the inverted mold faces inwards image © designboom


columns are subtracted from the unit and windows are added image © designboom


recessed columns image © designboom


added windows image © designboom


the textured surface of the poured plaster image © designboom


detail of joint image © designboom


steel frame supports on the mold remain as part of the installation image © designboom


view of steel fame and textured poured plaster image © designboom


detail of steel frame around formwork image © designboom


detail of welded and bolted steel connection image © designboom

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