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* Architecture: Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Architecture:  Sou Fujimoto designs Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013: “..Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been named as the designer of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which will be a cloud-like structure made from a lattice of steel poles..The semi-transparent pavilion will occupy 350 square-metres of lawn outside the London gallery. Two entrances will lead inside the structure, where staggered terraces will provide seating for a central cafe..Sou Fujimoto describes his design as “an architectural landscape” where “the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life [is] woven together with a constructed geometry”..”The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park,” said Fujimoto. “From certain vantage points, the pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.” The temporary pavilion will open to the public on 8 June and will remain in Kensington Gardens until 20 October..Sou Fujimoto is the third Japanese architect to accept the annual unpaid commission, which is one of the most highly sought-after small projects in world architecture and goes to a major architect who hasn’t yet built in the UK. Toyo Ito designed the pavilion in 2002, while SANAA followed in 2009..Last year’s pavilion was a cork-lined archaeological dig created by Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei, who was forbidden to leave China at the time..”

See our posts on past Serpentine Pavilions:

image + article: Dezeen

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* Architecture: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 1 December 2012

Architecture: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron: “..Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road multi-storey car park in Miami Beach, Florida, US, also plays host to parties, yoga classes and weddings, explains proprietor Robert Wennett in this movie produced by filmmaker Elizabeth Priore..Named 1111 Lincoln Road, the concrete building with floor slabs supported on wedge-shaped columns was completed in 2010 to offer naturally lit parking levels that can also be used for other activities above a row of shops and restaurants..“I had the opportunity to change people’s perception of what parking is and to build a type of building that becomes a social gathering space and a public space” says Wennett. “Everything we do in the garage is not what you expect in a parking garage.”..He goes on to explain how the building contains “a grand central staircase” rather than an enclosed stairwell and is also filled with public art. “To want to go to a parking garage, versus wanting to exit it as soon as possible becomes a new paradigm,” he declares..Finally, Wennett explains that he lives in an apartment on the top floor of the building. “People always ask me ‘why would you want to live inside of a parking garage?’ but the moment they arrive they never ask me the question again,” he says..Directed and produced by Elizabeth Priore, the movie is a semi-finalist in the Focus Forward filmmaker competition. Five winners are due to be announced in January..” Article includes a 3 minute video, and photos by Hufton + Crow..

See some of our posts on other work by Herzog & de Meuron:

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image: Hufton + Crow; article; Dezeen

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* Residential Architecture: Guesthouse by HHF architects + Ai Weiwei

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 2 September 2012

Residential Architecture: Guesthouse by HHF architects + Ai Weiwei: “..Three years after completion of the main house, the owners of the Tsai Residence approached the HHF team and Ai Weiwei to commission a guesthouse..The Tsai Residence is a country house built for two art collectors on a forested slope in upstate New York, about two hours by car from Manhattan. The guesthouse brief posited three main elements: a bedroom, a workroom and a gallery for the two collectors’ art. One simple and highly effective gesture – a Y-shaped ground plan – served to link these elements at isolated points and to define the overall appearance of the guesthouse. The small bathroom, kitchenette and walk-in closet – the latter of which conceals the staircase to the basement and garage – consist of compact, freestanding boxes that simultaneously constitute the rear walls of the bedroom and workroom..In contrast to the galvanized corrugated metal façade of the main house, the guesthouse is a timber structure clad in corrugated corten steel, which rusts over time and so merges unobtrusively with the landscape – particularly in fall, when the foliage of the trees turns into a riot of red and gold. The landscape also plays a major role in the interior design of the guesthouse, for each of the three main rooms offers a different perspective of the extensive grounds: the view is exalted at these points, and thus becomes a part of the house..The relationship of the Tsai Residence to the guesthouse reflects HHF’s philosophy, namely to use what already exists at a site as a source of inspiration. HHF sees every commission as an opportunity to innovate, and to deliver concrete answers to concrete problems in its signature architectural idiom..”  Distinctive form and interior volumes; materials and contextual sensibility; extensive interior wood: wood flooring, ceilings and walls..(article includes photos by the excellent architectural photographer Iwan Baan..)

See some of our other posts on work by Ai Weiwei:

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image: © Iwan Baan; article: “Guesthouse / HHF architects + Ai Weiwei” 30 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/267635&gt;

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* Architecture: The Tanks at Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Architecture: The Tanks at Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron: “..Architects Herzog & de Meuron have uncovered three underground concrete tanks at the Tate Modern gallery in London to create new spaces for art and performance, which open this week..The huge industrial cylinders previously held oil that fuelled the turbines of the former power station, but have lain empty since the building was decommissioned in 1981 and later converted into a gallery..The eastern tank reopens with an exhibition of light and movie projection by Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim, while the southern tank is hosting an ongoing programme of performance art and the western tank has been subdivided into dressing rooms and other ancillary spaces..Glass doors lead visitors through from the turbine hall into the cylinders, where the raw concrete structure is left exposed..The Tanks are the first phase in the construction of a new wing at the gallery, scheduled to complete in 2016..Herzog & de Meuron also collaborated with Ai Weiwei on the design of the Serpentine Gallery, which is currently open in London’s Kensington Gardens..”

See our other posts on work by Herzog & de Meuron:

image: Tate Photography; article: Dezeen

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