Victoria and Albert Museum

From time to time, and just for a split second, I saw huge halls open up…

Terunobu Fujimo's Beetle's House, V&A, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, SW7

…with rows of pillars and collonades leading far into the distance…

Helen and Hard Architects' Ratatosk, V&A, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, SW7

…with vaults and brickwork arches bearing on them many-storeyed structures, with flights of stone steps, wooden stairways and ladders, all leading the eye on and on.

Rural Studio's Woodshed, V&A, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, SW7

I saw viaducts and footbridges crossing deep chasms thronged with tiny figures who looked to me, said Austerlitz…

Rintala Eggertsson Architects' Ark, V&A, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, SW7

…like prisoners in search of some way of escapefrom their dungeon, and the longer I stared upwards with my headwrenched painfully back, the more I felt as if the room where I stood were expanding…

Studio Mumbai's In-between Architecture, V&A, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, SW7

From WG Sebald’s Austerlitz (2001)

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