The exhibition focused on the ‘Corridor’ display from Elements of Architecture, and explored the vast underground ballroom and tunnels at Welbeck. They were built by the 5th Duke of Portland in the 19th century, and the exhibition presented theories about this mythologized architecture through film and photography.

Elements of Architecture was originally exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. This acclaimed exhibition was curated by Rem Koolhaas, his practice AMO and Stephan Trüby (Research and Development) from Technische Universität München, with work from Walter Niedermayr, Hans Werlemann and Davide Rapp. Its 15 themed displays looked at the fundamentals that make up architecture – for example floors, fireplaces or escalators.

Koolhaas described the work as his own grand tour of architecture.


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