The students of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London had the opportunity to learn on-site 3D laser scanning by helping to capture parts of the Old Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNEH) at Grey’s Inn Road in London. This is one of UCLH’s buildings that moved to a new facility at 47-49 Huntley Street in London.
The project attempted to capture the memory of this building while still in use, recording its spatial use and depicting activities, generating a series of images that address its large scale while, at the same time, capture and showcase millimetric detail of objects, people and life.
These images are part of a 3D laser scanning survey done in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, UCL. The 3D laser scanning survey, products and artworks were commissioned and curated by Laura Mitchison, from On the Record Community Interest Company, with funding by the HeritageLottery Fund and UCLH Arts and Heritage, for a permanent exhibition displayed in the new building, titled ‘The Texture of Air’. In it, there is an artwork by Bernadette Devilat, a large scan section of the RNTNEH and the EDH buildings in which different cutting planes were overlapped in order to peek inside the rooms (images above), creating views that are impossible in reality: as if the facade of the building was removed, illuminated by the daily life under the scanner’s light. More information here: www.devilat-lanuza.com and https://www.thetextureofair.uk/
Building: Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital UCLH.
Location: 330 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DA
Date of capture: December 2018 and January 2019.
Scanning on-site: Bernadette Devilat (tutor), Lei Jiang, Shivani Shah and Victoria Wu (students).
Number of scans: 364
IMPORTANT: In the exhibition, the work has not been credited correctly. It should say:
Author: Bernadette Devilat in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL with the help of Ecem Ergin, Felipe Lanuza, Fatma Zeyneb Onsiper and María Catalina Venegas at the EDH; and Lei Jiang, Shivani Shah and Victoria Wu at the RNTNEH, as students and staff in the context of on-site data capture training.
Exhibition curation and production: Laura Mitchison -On The Record
Images: Bernadette Devilat in collaboration with the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.