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Secure fixing of temporary structures in a public place

Client: Commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

To work with a number of parties and develop a base plate to support a temporary (6 months) Garden installation in the heart of the museum which needed to be installed during opening hours


Working in an historic site around the general public and with no time for a trial run. All pieces had to fit perfectly and installation time was limited to 3 hours as we were working in conjunction with other contractors on a tight schedule.


Bespoke base plate was created to work in harmony with the design team requirements. It was essential that the base plate could be dug in and buried under the topsoil and turf to create a seamless lawn underneath the installation. The Spirafix Team carried out the installation, working alongside, and in conjunction with, a range of project managers and installers.

Created by Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann (ICD University of Stuttgart / Achim Menges Architect), Jan Knippers (ITKE University of Stuttgart / Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering), Thomas Auer (Transsolar Climate Engineering / TUM)

Commissioned by the V&A

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London