Trace Room ChanChan atelier


Trace Room is an installation commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their Friday Late on 29 June: Unbuilt De/ constructing architecture.
Exploring the de-materialisation of architectural elements which traditionally define the boundaries of a room, the installation begins to erase and explode its thresholds; suggesting its limits through a density of stretched cord lines.

The ephemeral room stretches vertically within the double height volume of Gallery 25, partially enclosed by the sweeping staircase wrapping around the gallery and leading to the National Art Library.

Atelier ChanChan
Atelier ChanChan is a practice based in London, operating in the realms between art and architecture; it was founded in 2010 by Cambridge scholar and AA scholarship graduate Zoe Chan.

The practice takes a phenomenological approach to its work; aiming to create unique and beautiful spaces within the city. We investigate the relationship between architecture and emotion and how material, space, light and form can be manipulated to create new, imaginative, experience-driven architectures. Often interested in the de-materialisation of architectural elements and thresholds; much of our architecture and installations experiment with transparency, scale, and the perception of space and its limits.

Our work spans across architectural projects such as galleries and houses to,installations, interiors and concept design . Current projects which demonstrate our approach include: Secret Garden House, a private house in Dulwich which blends interior and exterior through a series of indoor and outdoor rooms and Trace Room, an installation and space at the Victoria and Albert Museum carved out from layers of stretched cord lines.

Zoe Chan
Joao Gameiro Neves
Thanks to:
Ruth Lie
Cassie Strodder Davies
Zoe Whitley
Joana Mesquita Filipe
People who helped us build the installation:
Dzidzor Kwaku
Alexandra Tan
Sho Okamoto
Andrew Guo Chan
Richard Young


Atelier ChanChan