The Design Museum is moving. Crane.tv gets a sneak peak of the Design Museum’s plans to move to a new home in Kensington, London in the historic former Commonwealth Institute. Here, Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum reveals architect John Pawson’s plans for the new building and tells us about the museum’s legacy and why it’s ready to grow up.
World-renowned architect John Pawson, labeled a minimalist by many, discusses his career, his design aesthetic and his working relationship with Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld. Focusing on space and light, his unique approach to both renders his work a pioneering example of contemporary architecture.
Crane.tv visits renowned British Architect and AA graduate John Pawson at his studio in North London. Known for his minimalist and sleek approach, Pawson has designed everything from stores for Calvin Klein to monasteries in the Czech Republic. Earlier this year, Pawson was commissioned to redesign the old Commonwealth Institute building in South-Kensington, which will serve as the new home of the Design Museum in 2014. Here, he talks to us about the ideas behind his minimalist style, the international nature of his office and what he learned from legendary Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata.
John Pawson, OMA, West 8 and Arup were all asked to come together to design The New Design Museum in London. Their design will accommodate up to 500,000 visitors per year. Notable for its superb complex hyperbolic paraboloid copper roof intended by the architects to symbolize a tent in the park, it is regarded by English Heritage as the second most important modern building in London, after the Royal Festival Hall. Plans to bring the new design to fruition is scheduled to be completed by 2014. More images and architects’ description after the break.
This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Madrid. As the third largest city in the European Union, Madrid is the economic and political capital of Spain. The streets and neighborhoods for the most part remains historic, but the city is punctuated with moments of engaging and interesting contemporary architecture. For those who have followed our city guides, you will have noticed that this is our second stop in Spain. That said, Madrid is distinctly different from Barcelona. The differences between the two are manifested in their architecture, both old and new. Our lists only cover relatively recent projects, but a quick glance at the two will give you a sense of the differing cultures and lifestyles (Barcelona’s City Guide). Both lists are far from complete and we are looking to add to them in the near future. In the meantime add more of your favorites to the comment section below.
The Architecture City Guide: Madrid list and corresponding map after the break.
On March 21, 2011, London architect John Pawson will present the 2011 Harwell Hamilton Harris Endowed Lecture at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C. This annual lecture honors the late, former professor of architecture who taught at NC State from 1962 to 1975. Upon his death in 1990, Harris left to the College of Design an endowment that funds this annual lecture.
John Pawson’s groundbreaking career was recently celebrated with a major retrospective of his work at the Design Museum of London. The acclaimed exhibition, titled “Plain Space,” was documented by a book of the same name. A reception will follow the lecture where copies of John Pawson’s book Plain Space will be available for purchase and signing.
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This autumn, the London Design Museum is presenting a major exhibition on John Pawson. Often labelled a ‘minimalist’, he is known for his rigorous process of design. By reducing and editing he creates architecture and product designs of visual clarity, simplicity and grace.
Marco Zanta shared with us some photographs of the exhibition you can visit until January 30, 2011.