April 2, 2012 SIGHTS ⁄  The Haçienda at the V&A

The Haçienda’s back (kind of)

With those crusty proto-mallgoths New Order and navel-I mean, shoegazing- Stone Roses getting back together of late, it seems actual bricks are the latest heritage icons to milk our nostalgia glands. London’s V&A is holding an exhibition to celebrate some of the sassiest inventions in modern British design and they’ve invited original designer Ben Kelly  to erect a cut-size replica of Manc alt sweatbox, The Haçienda– a project that originally went five times over-budget and didn’t include a cloakroom.

You know the deal. Opened in 1982 by Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and Ian Curtis’s sonic widows, New Order, The Haçienda was the spiritual darkroom of acid house and coolness in general til it crashed, burned and closed in ’97.

If you missed Madchester’s heyday, get down to the V&A and absorb the projected 24 Hour Party People memory vibes through osmosis from the weird, saggy, gurning dude next to you.

* British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age is at the V&A Museum, London, from 31 March to 12 August.