Materials House

Made:
1999 in London
maker:
Thomas Heatherwick
'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007 'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007

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'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sculptural exhibit titled ‘Materials House’, comprising a large sculpture made of 213 materials in individually shaped pieces, built up in undulating layers. It is accompanied by a wall-mounted materials library identifying the material and source for each layer.

Made of Stainless steel, American red oak, sisal matting, acrylic, Westmoreland slate, parallam, synthetic carpet, millboard, brass, imitation terrazzo flooring, European lime, polyethylene foam, tectan board, synthetic rubber flooring, linen, American black walnut

This piece was commissioned by the Science Museum in 1997 for the Challenge of Materials gallery and was built on site layer by layer. John Thomas constructed it to Thomas Heatherwick's design.

It allows visitors to explore a huge range of materials in an imaginative and original way. Heatherwick wanted “to do justice to [materials’] capabilities”.

Parts

Library for Materials House

Library for Materials House

Object Number:
2019-215/2/1
type:
sculpture
Part of:
2019-215/2
Library for Materials House

Library for Materials House

Object Number:
2019-215/2/2
type:
sculpture
Part of:
2019-215/2
Library for Materials House

Library for Materials House

Object Number:
2019-215/2/3
type:
sculpture
Part of:
2019-215/2