Danica O. Kus shared with us her photographic work for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Designed by Herzog & De Meuron and Ai Weiwei, these photos give you a great insight into the overall feel and spatial qualities to the design. The half sunken in and water-covered structure starts to become a part of the landscape, as Kus is able to take the viewer inside and around the pavilion. You can check out more images after the break.
While many buildings try to go Green these days, few attempt to do so literally.
Last week, York Minster Abbey, one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in Europe, was decked out with 1,500 square meters of – what else - grass.
The occasion for the makeover, the York Minster Rose Dinner to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (which we marked with a post on Britain’s Built Legacy), hosted about 900 people to raise funds for the York Minster Fund. And with £150-a-head tickets, sold months in advance, perhaps we’ll start seeing other Gothic Cathedrals turn green too (and not just with envy).
Story via The Huffington Post UK. More photos after the break…
Presenting a fresh palette of both established and emerging product designers and architects, London Design Festival 2011 has commissioned a sideshow of ‘Landmark Projects’ curated in the city’s most notorious public spaces. Crane.tv visits the V&A to chat to curator Vicky Broackes before checking out the Bouroullec’s ‘Textile Field’ in the Raphael Gallery and heading to St Paul’s Cathedral to see John Pawson’s geometric staircase. The whirlwind tour of LDF also includes David Chipperfield’s ‘Two Lines’ at the Southbank Centre.
Last week we presented the first images of the recently open Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Ai Weiwei & Herzog & de Meuron in London, showing the half sunk and water-covered structure and its beautiful blending into the landscape. Today, Julien Lanoo shared with us these great images giving a better understanding of the spaces and its surroundings.
You can check some more images after the break.
‘What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”
It’s easy to see why British Architects get their hackles raised when it comes to Prince Charles. The oft-quoted gem above, said in reference to a proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984, is one of hundreds of such Architectural criticisms Prince Charles has made over the years. Which wouldn’t matter of course, if, like any average Architectural layman’s opinions, his words didn’t have much weight.
His do. They’ve resulted in the intervention, squelching, and/or redesign of at least 5 major plans over the last twenty years. But let’s not write off Charles just yet.
With the Queen’s Jubilee ceremoniously having finished yesterday, the conversation analyzing her legacy has begun. And while London’s towering, cutting-edge high rises (a la Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid), will be the shining examples of Elizabeth’s reign – I’d like to suggest something, and raise a few hackles, myself…
Curious for more? Keep reading about Prince Charles’ unlikely influence on Architecture, after the break…
The London Festival of Architecture is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital. It brings architects and communities together to examine how we make London a better place. The theme of the 2012 Festival – ‘The Playful City’ – responds to the presence in London of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Everyone is invited to join the Festival; both Londoners and visitors are encouraged to be active participants in the city. From reinterpreting familiar places through new installations and animations, redesigning public spaces to encourage physical fitness in the spirit of the Olympic Games, to testing interactive forms of consultation and planning for future urban development, festival participants will be encouraged to play in, and play with, the city around them.
Curated by RIBA London, the Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture and the British Council, LFA2012 takes place over three weekends across three London hubs:
- City of London, Southwark and London Pleasure Gardens (23rd /24th June)
- Fitzrovia and Victoria (30th June / 1 July)
- King’s Cross and Hoxton (7th/8th July)
You won’t want to miss it! Find more information on the festival’s official website.
Ahead of the opening of this summer’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Crane.tv gets an exclusive look at the specially commissioned structure designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The dream design team responsible for the Beijing National Stadium come together again to create the team’s first collaborative edifice in the UK. Here, Pierre de Meuron talks about the joys of working with Ai Weiwei, while the infamous artist makes a special cameo to share his interest in combining art, design and architecture to introduce new possibilities and social change.
Architects: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd
Location: No.5 Dyke Road, Hove, England
Interior Design: Donna Gray at Milk
Bespoke Furniture: Donna Gray at Milk
Landscape Design: Donna Gray at Milk
Consultant Engineer: BEP Consulting Engineers
Gross Floor Area: House as existing: 176 sqm. New House: 277 sqm
Main Contractor: Chalmers & Co.
Photographs: Courtesy of BBM Sustainable Design Ltd
Architect: Jump Studios – Shaun Fernandes, Markus Nonn
Location: 4-5 Bonhill Street, London, England
Total Floor Area: 2,300 sqm
Project Cost: £ 2.2 M
Client: Google UK Ltd.
Furniture / Lighting: Hay, Modus, Very Good & Proper, Branch Studios, Moroso, Bene, MagisMuuto, Luxo, Erco Jump Studios
Photographs: Courtesy of Jump Studios
The exhibition dedicated to Bas Princen‘s work will be open at the Architectural Association in London until May 26. The photographer based in Rotterdam, who was previously trained as an architect, is particularly focused on the dialogues between architecture and the landscape, from dramatic contrasts to blurred merging typologies.
“The award-winning Dutch photographer’s work has become increasingly familiar: images that blur the artificial and natural, where the real and imagined are hard to separate. Less known – and never previously exhibited – are the A5 booklets Princen makes, consisting of a series of reference images. The booklets are between 24 and 32 pages long and contain images downloaded by Princen from the internet of famous or completely unknown or already long-forgotten scenes and objects involving landscape and architecture, their low resolution disallowing reproduction any larger than 6 x 9 cm.
Join Crane.tv on a tour of the Rough Luxe Hotel with architect and designer Rabih Hage. Flawlessly balanced between the artistic and the functional, the hotel intricately merges contemporary and antique furnishings. This unique layering between the modern and the traditional features from the original building create an truly opulent and bespoke atmosphere for any guest.
Located off Broadway Market, south of London Fields in one of the poorer, but upcoming east-end areas, Ada Street accommodates six apartments above two small retail units in an area with the largest number of different languages spoken in the city with the largest population of artist per square kilometer in Europe. With creative shops, bars and clubs to reflect the Local Authority’s more relaxed approach to design aesthetics, Amin Taha Architects formed a structure asymmetrical in appearance with subtly battered and sloping walls and floor plates and a gentle scattering of window openings. More images and architects’ description after the break.