and the Philosophy
of Total Design
DAC’s Fall-Winter exhibition is a close-up of one of the greatest Danish pioneers of the 20th century in architecture and engineering: Ove Arup.
Many of us know the iconic Sydney Opera House and Centre Pompidou in Paris. But a few of us know one of the key figures behind. The Dane Ove Arup revolutionized architecture and the way that engineering is practiced today. He called his philosophy “Total Design” because he believed that great architecture is accomplished when technique, design and aesthetics unite.
Portrait of Ove Arup
by Godfrey Argent, 1969. © National Portrait Gallery, London
London Penguin pool. Photo by Frederick William Bond, 1934, UK. © ZSL
Photo: Doodle by Ove Arup, around 1960, private collection.
Video: from Victoria & Albert Museum, London
In the exhibition you’ll get a unique portrait of Ove Arup and a glimpse into some of his most prestigious projects. You are introduced to Ove’s work on Centre Pompidou in Paris and his pool for penguins in London. And you’ll get an exclusive close look at the Sydney Opera House and the gigantic computer which in the 1960s solved the design of the characteristic shell structure. With virtual reality you’ll even be able to take a seat on the opera’s rooftop.
And there’s more. The exhibition also tells the story of the global engineering and design firm ARUP (today employing more than 14000 people across 14 countries) started by Ove in 1946, and how is visionary approach to “Total Design” still shapes the firm today. You’ll look into the future and experience the newest and wildest technologies in architecture, e.g. the world’s first algae bio-reactive façade and an immersive sound lab that tells you what a wind farm really sounds like.
“The architect should be part engineer and the engineer should be part architect in order to achieve a fruitful collaboration.”
Photo: Centre Pompidou, Paris, Frankrig. © Ian Dagnall /Alamy
In the exhibition you’ll get a close look at how algae biomass is harvested in the facade to generate heat and electricity for an entire building.
Photo: SolarLeaf Algae Facade © ARUP.
Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design is presented by the Danish Architecture Center in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in consultation with curator Zofia Trafas White. The exhibition has been made possible through the cooperation of ARUP.