The final film from Virtual Design Festival’s collaboration with Laura Mark and Jim Stephenson is a meditative look at the Peter Salter-designed Walmer Yard.
Walmer Yard: Architecture for the Senses explores the four Notting Hill townhouses that were crafted by Peter Salter over 13 years.
“This short film is an exploration of the incredible light that passes through the buildings at various times of the day, and of the wider sensory experience they offer,” Stephenson said.
“Laura is the keeper of Walmer Yard and so initially we talked about working together on a set of photographs of the spaces that they could use,” he explained.
“We planned three consecutive days to do the photographs, and as soon as we start working it felt natural to work on some moving image also, partly because we’ve worked together so much on videos before, but partly because Walmer Yard is such a unique set of spaces.”
The film shows the nooks and crannies of the project, from the exterior courtyard to the concrete interiors where details include decorative wood-paneling and black steel staircases.
“The choreography of moving around it, both inside and out, lent itself to small movements of the camera to reveal depth and new views and the light changes so much throughout the day as well,” Stephenson said. “There was such a clear narrative there, and film is a wonderful medium for creating contained stories.”