Níall McLaughlin Architects’ interactive installation consists of six large-scale models, each representing a hall for gathering that the practice has designed. These models are placed upon a rotating table which is a calendar and a cosmic machine. The intention of presenting these models in this way is to emphasise the relationship between the enduring frames of the buildings and the endless procession of fugitive elements that pass through them periodically.
The buildings selected for this project are a Garden Theatre in Worcester College in Oxford, a Teaching Chapel in Ripon College in Cuddesdon, a Fish and Chip Shop on Deal Pier in Kent, a Rugby Veterans’ Hall in Limerick, Ireland, a Castle Hall and Watchtower in Bishop Auckland, Durham and a Song School in Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
The opening of the installation at the RIBA is marked by Níall McLaughlin’s talk 'Twelve Halls' on 15 January 2019. Twelve Halls is a collection of built and unbuilt projects by the practice, published on the occasion of Níall McLaughlin Architects’ contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.