What with the heady range of iconic projects lining his portfolio – from the Eden project’s low-lying domes, to the Grand Union Walk housing pods and the snaking former International Terminal at Waterloo Station – Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has a busy practice on his hands.
Nicholas Grimshaw
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President of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2004, Sir Grimshaw is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most prominent and iconic architects, and for those of us who have long craved a sneaky peak into the mind – and the drawing board – of this world-renowned creator, the Royal Academy will for the next three months play host to an exhibition showcasing samples from some of Sir Grimshaw’s most interesting sketchbooks.
Featuring sixty-two preliminary drawings, a range of conceptual sketches and several hand-drawn studies, the show will be on display in the RA’s Tennant Room, which houses a whole host of insider information regarding work dating from 1982 - including some of Sir Grimshaw's unrealised work, along with more recent projects - including the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre which opened just last year in Troy, USA.
A stunning, high-gloss catalogue of all Sir Grimshaw's sketches (which will be donated to the Academy at the end of the show) will also be available during the exhibition as a constant source of coffee-table based, architectural inspiration.