John Hejduk 'London Masque'

Paper architecture display based on the work of John Hejduk at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, 22nd March 2022 – 21st May 2023
Location: The Royal Academy of Arts. London
Fabricator: William Floyd Maclean
Architect/Designer: Design John Hejduk, built with permission granted by the Estate of John Hejduk.
Curator: Vicky Richardson, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts
Products used: PaperStone®
Photography: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry. Permission granted by The Estate of John Hejduk.

Architecture in the Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery is a new free exhibition space at the heart of the RA. This ambitious installation features Hejduk’s design for the Widow’s House, one of 68 “objects” in his seminal Lancaster / Hanover Masque, brought to life. ‘London Masque’ was developed in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Art MA Interior Design programme. During the life of the London Masque a series of workshops will explore Hejduk’s Lancaster / Hanover Masque and the resulting models and drawings will be displayed alongside the Widow’s House.

Curator Vicky Richardson was delighted to be able to use charcoal coloured PaperStone® as the cladding material for the 4.7-metre-high structure, reducing its environmental impact and evoking the ‘Paper Architecture’ of Hejduk, who was a prolific drawer.

CDUK supplies sustainable surface material produced from FSC certified recycled paper and cardboard, which responded explicitly to the brief. The Widow’s House’ is made from a new generation sustainable material, PaperStone® which is a composite surface made from recycled paper and a natural resin; it has a unique textured effect that creates an organic warmth.

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Royal Academy of Arts / John Hejduk
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