This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park is designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). It is a very successful design. The appeal of the space comes from a feeling a clarity and pureness originated by a well thought through concept. Continue reading
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park is designed by up-and-coming Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano. It follows the footsteps of last year’s less known architect Smiljan Radić. Both works are much more experimental than previous pavilions of well known architects, and the material use plays an important part in the design. Continue reading
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London Hyde Park has been praised by the critics for being original and ambition architectural structure. What makes it also unique is that it is designed by new talent rather than a very established name like in many previous year’s pavilions. Chilean architect Smiljan Radić is unknown for general public. Continue reading
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban gave an inspirational talk at this year’s Ecobuild conference in London. His talk was entitled Works and humanitarian activities. It concentrated on Ban’s disaster relief work using cardboard material for constructing temporary structures. Continue reading
It is almost impossible to take a less than perfect picture of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion on a perfect summer day. The weather really brings the best out of the structure and how it blends into the surrounding landscape. Continue reading
Architects Carmody Groarke have transformed an abandoned canal-side petrol station into a temporary restaurant and events space
Named the King’s Cross Filling Station, the structure will remain in place for approximately two years before the site is redeveloped to provide housing. Carmody Groarke design a lot of temporary pavilions around London. Having set out to create a strong ‘sense of place’ in an area of central London that is going through great change, King’s Cross has been working with Carmody Groarke. An architectural identity has been created for the King’s Cross Filling Station, previously a disused petrol station on a part of the site adjacent to York Way and the Regent’s Canal.
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. “Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a semi-submerged design, drawing on the eleven previous Pavilions as their starting point. Twelve differently-shaped columns, eleven signifying the previous Pavilion designs and one unique to the current Pavilion, support a floating platform roof that collects rainwater and reflects the ever-changing sky. Going beneath the surface reveals an interior clad in cork, chosen for its sensory qualities that echo the excavated earth. Creating a public space that is not quite above or below, earth or sky, this year’s Pavilion will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface and back in time”. Continue reading