Exhibition spaces

Phase 2

The Phase 2 exhibitions programme was created in 2008 to bring together practitioners from the fields of art, design and engineering to develop new ideas together. It also showcases stories from Arup’s rich cultural heritage.

Phase 2 organises touring and pop-up exhibitions, collaborates with public institutions and the creative community outside Arup.

Exhibitions 2017

Artefacts & Influence: Objects in dialogue, 3 March 2017 – 5 May 2017

Spanning 12,000 years, this exhibition takes us on a journey through a selection of Arup’s conservation and heritage projects. The objects illustrate aspects of human endeavour and enterprise that have left an impact on the world around us. This influence can be seen in the places we inhabit, the communities around us and the buildings we design.

Themed in sections, the exhibition explores technological innovations with glass in architecture; the revolution of transportation on the distribution of goods; the need to protect our places from invaders and natural forces; the celebration of heritage through disaster and gifts; the value of community to place-making and intangible heritage, and concepts of individual and cultural identity.

Exhibitions 2016

Pinwheel Pavilion, 11 November 2016 – 10 February 2017

A new configuration of the Pinwheel Pavilion designed by Five Line Projects explores the potential energy triggered by a single action. The original Pavilion was on display in the gardens of the V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London in June 2016. The designers were inspired by the nearby museum to use the pinwheel, a classic children’s toy, to develop their concept.

The structure consists of bamboo pinwheels threaded onto a forest of steel rods. The push of a single wheel triggers the adjacent propeller, and so on, spinning each subsequent wheel. In an age where so much of a city is governed by systems, this installation reminds us that the energy of each individual contributes to urban life, affecting local communities and ultimately having an impact on the city as a whole.

Concrete Inspirations, 14 July – 7 October 2016, 8 Fitzroy St, London

The exhibition is about the innovative use of concrete. It celebrates Ove Arup's enthusiasm for a material that has captured the imagination of engineers, architects and artists alike.

On display are a select number of Arup’s concrete projects since the founding years of the firm to the present. They include Busáras, Dublin’s main bus Station, the monumental Brynmawr factory, Wales, the Barbican Centre, London, and the extraordinary, soon to open Taichung Metropolitan Opera House, Taiwan. Concrete has been explored in different ways by artists Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Demand, Luisa Lambri, Simon Phipps and Rachel Whiteread. Together the works in this exhibition show how the material was tested to its limits historically and continues to be a rich source of inspiration in creative practice today.

Fitzrovia Mural, 15 January – 11 March 2016, 8 Fitzroy St, London

This exhibition showcases photographs by Nigel Moore of the 1980 Fitzrovia Mural painted by London-based artists Simon Barber and Mick Jones. Commissioned by Camden Council and created in consultation with the local community, the mural covers the entire side of a building on Whitfield Gardens next to Tottenham Court Road. It captures the political climate of the time with biting humour and in so doing provides insight into the vibrant culture of the Fitzrovia community.

Since 1980, the mural has fallen into disrepair. Thanks to pressure from the local community, London borough of Camden has committed to restore the mural as part of the planned regeneration of the area, leading to the opening of Crossrail in 2018. Moore’s photos offer the chance to see the intricate detail of one of Fitzrovia’s most interesting landmarks. The exhibition has been organised by Eazl with support from the Fitzrovia Centre as part of a wider project to raise awareness about the mural.

Exhibitions 2015

Inside Cities: Art and the Built Environment, 23 June – 25 September 2015, 8 Fitzroy St, London

This exhibition is inspired by the 2015 Arup Design Book about cities. It presents aspects of built and proposed infrastructure, community projects, the exploration of materials and objects - virtual, real and imagined - all united by nature and urban green projects.

Artists represented in the exhibition include Damien Hirst, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Heather & Ivan Morison, Something & Son, Fischli and Weiss, and Mark Titchner. Featured projects include the recreation of a tree support structure from the Bosco Verticale building in Milan, Park/Park’s approach to traffic control in Beijing and My village’s community enterprise to produce drinks from locally sourced ingredients.

Please note that this exhibition is not suitable for children under 8 years old. Children aged 8 and over need to be supervised by an adult.

New Brutalist Image 1949-55, Tate Britain, 24 Nov 2014—4 October 2015

Tate Britain celebrates the historic collaboration between Ronald Jenkins of Arup, architects Peter and Alison Smithson, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and photographer Nigel Henderson. Part of the series BP Spotlights.

In 1949 Alison and Peter Smithson embarked on a radical new design for Hunstanton Secondary Modern School, Norfolk. The exhibition, co-curated by Victoria Walsh and Claire Zimmerman, presents a range of work by this extraordinary cross-disciplinary group during construction of the school, notably the design for Ronald Jenkins’ office at Arup in 1951. The display includes drawings and proposals, previously unseen photographs by Nigel Henderson, and sculptures by Paolozzi.

Watch Tate's film interview with Jack Zunz about working on Hunstanton School.

Exhibitions 2014

Building the Sydney Opera House, 11 April - 25 July 2014, 8 Fitzroy Street, London

This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity used to realise this extraordinary building, which took fourteen years to construct. The exhibition is part of a number of global events marking the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, which began in Sydney in October 2013. It includes photography, notably by Australian modernist photographer Max Dupain, historical drawings and models from the Arup and Utzon archives and the Sydney Opera House Trust.

View the documentary film 'Building the Impossible' 

Traces of Peter Rice, 27 Nov 2012 – 5 April 2013, 8 Fitzroy St, London; 12 Oct – 22 Dec 2013; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; 28 Feb – 28 March 2014, The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast

Traces of Peter Rice, explores the life and work of Peter Rice (1935-1992), one of Arup’s most pioneering structural engineers. The exhibition includes design stories from three of Rice’s projects: Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection, Houston and the Full-Moon Theatre near Montpellier.

View the documentary film about Peter Rice

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For further information please contact phase2@arup.com.  

  • Artefacts & Influence: Objects in dialogue’ runs from 3 March to 15 June 2017.

  • Pinwheel Pavillion exhibition

    Pinwheel Pavillion will run from 11 November 2016 to 10 February 2017.

  • Close of double-v columns, Brynmawr factory, 1951. © H M Veale & Co Photographers

    'Concrete Inspirations' runs from 14 July to 7 October 2016. Image: Busáras under construction, ca 1952 © Scott Tallon Walker.

  • The Fitzrovia Mural

    The Fitzrovia Mural exhibition runs from 15 January - 11 March 2016.

  • Blck and white photo - laying of pre-cast flooring units, ca 1953

    'New Brutalist Image' at Tate Britain runs from 24 Nov 2014 to 4 Oct 2015.

  • Birds eye view of the Sydney Opera House during construction. Credit: Robert Baudin. Courtesy of Australian Air PhotosOpen gallery

    The exhibition is part of a number of global events marking the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.

  • Close of of the Traces of Peter Rice exhibition video, credit Stephen Brayne.

    Traces of Peter Rice at The Naughton Gallery, Belfast 28 Feb – 28 March 2014.

  • Aerial view of Centre Pompidou, Paris

    The exhibition originally opened on 27 November 2012 and featured design stories from three of his projects, including the Centre Pompidou.