Victoria and Albert Museum acquires Peter Salter Walmer Yard drawings
Two drawings from recent Piano Nobile exhibition 'Peter Salter: Drawing Walmer Yard' have found a new home at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
Internationally acclaimed as a teacher and architectural designer, Peter Salter has created four new houses in Walmer Road, Holland Park. A master class in urban living, the complex geometry of Salter’s design facilitates privacy, light throughout the day and unimpeded circulation of space. Exploratory, indicative, and instructive, Salter’s drawings for the project oscillate between place and detail, idea and representation, strategy and materiality. Persuasively imaging a lived environment, Salter effortlessly shifts between high level planning and intricate detail – an overarching idea is formulated through the exposition of detail.
Peter Salter AADipl (Hons) was educated at and taught at the AA for 13 years, in Intermediate and Diploma School. In the early years of his career he worked for Alison and Peter Smithson, and his work attempts to carry the convictions of that practice. In 2004 he was jointly awarded the Annie Spinks prize for Excellence in Teaching, reaffirmed by the award of an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2012. Following seven years as Head of School (Architecture) at the University of East London, he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, where he still teaches. His early built projects were in Japan, including the Inami Woodcarving Museum and Kamiichi Pavilion; Walmer Yard is his first building in the UK.
The acquisition pays due homage to the groundbreaking and historical nature of the project, and to Salter's place among the most important designers of the contemporary age.