vendredi 22 septembre 2017

Nouvelle AOM wins competition to give Paris' Tour Montparnasse a massive green makeover

French architectural consortium of Nouvelle AOM has just been chosen to redesign Paris' historic Tour Montparnasse. The winning design includes a modern makeover for the historic tower that includes cladding the building in a transparent shell and adding a vegetated forest that will improve the air quality around the tower. The 689-foot Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, and was France's tallest skyscraper until 2011. There is a lot of history behind...

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The cost of solar power drops more than 25% in one year

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Mother (42) banned from every pub in Irish town for a year after hubby ended up playing pool

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Hostel owner slams reports players 'rode goat like a horse' and 'wreaked havoc' on small island

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Ryanair pilots receive new rosters - but only for the next three weeks

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Uber denied London licence in huge setback for the company

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Irish blogger Rosie Connolly praised for makeup-free selfie of acne: 'My skin issues do not make me ugly'

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Ask Brian: My boyfriend needs to put down the pizza and lose his new moobs or I'm leaving

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Brian McFadden shares sweet snap of the women in his life: 'All my girls'

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Here’s that brilliant video from Irish band Jiggy that has gone viral with 14m views

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Explained: President Trump dubbed a 'dotard' - but what does it actually mean?

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Football in North Korea under Kim Jong-un - an inside look at the beautiful game being played in shadow of nuclear war

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'My late mother came back to me and gave me strength' - Joan Burton breaks silence on Jobstown trial

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Puerto Rico facing weeks without electricity after Hurricane Maria

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Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver, Building Interior British Columbia, Cafe Architecture

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Contemporary Cafe Building Interior BC, Canada – design by Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Sep 22, 2017

Cha Le Tea Cafe in Vancouver

Design: Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Location: 1207 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, southern British Columbia, Canada

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

Cha Le Teahouse provides a modernist interpretation of the traditional Chinese tea ritual. The space is defined by a minimalist character that relies on an interplay of geometry and material uniformity. A meticulously coordinated plywood matrix operates as an ordering system for the casework and retail display – this motif is replicated throughout the space to create a sense of rhythm, depth and shadow.

Cha Le Teahouse in Vancouver

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This uniform material backdrop lends visual calm and abstract serenity to the immersive sensual experience of drinking tea.

The focus on wood is economical, and alludes to the sensitivity to materiality that is significant to traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, and often expressed through humble materials. The sculptural mass and quality of the ‘tea bar’ creates and shapes the space around it, finding inspiration in the Modernist sculptures of Donald Judd, in which materials such as plywood are distilled into their reductionist forms.

Cha Le Teahouse makes use of a restrained quantity and minimal tonal qualities in the materials used, expressed through a uniformity in the material palette. Whereas the ordering structure of the space may be described as rigid and orthogonal, the architect intentionally softened perceptual hard edges by choosing a warm, light palette that adds a sense of intimacy to the overall experience of the space.

The teahouse adopts a warm and subdued sense of lighting throughout the space. Embedded within the grid, the LED light panels hover in a mysterious manner, blurring over the crisp lines of the grid. Natural light is allowed to filter in through the shop-front, connecting the teahouse to the street-level patio. Materiality is central to the tea ceremony – beyond the sensual qualities of the tea, the ‘interplay’ between natural elements in the space and objects of the ceremony equally inform the experience.

The ceremony of exchange, and the concentration ofawareness towards posture and gesture is articulated through simple objects. The senses are heightened by focusing on a single material, revealing the variations and unique qualities that are inherent to items of ritual. The design for Cha Le Teahouse interprets this attentiveness by elevating modest, ubiquitous construction materialsto allow for architectural clarity and refinement.

Norman Copenhagen Form Barstool 65 cm in white/oak
Norman Copenhagen Form Chair in white/oak

B/BB Baltic birch plywood, clear matte lacquer finish
‘Tea Bar’ counter in Cosentino Silestone Daria solid surfacing
Work surfaces in solid birch butcher block

Michael Leckie, PrincipalArchitect AIBC, M.Arch, B.ScL 3685Cha Le Teahouse

Location / Vancouver, BC
Project Type / Restaurant Interior
Size / 674 sf
Completion / January 2017

Photography / Ema Peter
Branding / Glasfurd & Walker

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Geothermal-powered Lake Austin Home is tuned into nature

Local studio A Parallel Architecture designed the award-winning Lake Austin Residence, a beautiful luxury home that derives inspiration from nature. Despite its large 6,750-square-foot size and horizontal footprint, the contemporary house achieves a sense of lightness thanks to ample full-height glazing and limestone massing. The energy-efficient dwelling offers geothermal climate control, as well as onsite waste treatment and water collection. Spread out across two stories, the Lake...

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State-run primary schools will no longer offer First Communion class

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Firm owned by Deirdre Foley makes €450k from controversial closure of iconic Dublin store and loss of 130 jobs

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Marilyn Manson pulls fake gun on interviewer, flicks his testicles, and blames Columbine shooting for 'destroying' his entire career

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Theresa May to offer €20bn for transitional Brexit deal in landmark speech

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Are you the new John Joe the horologist? Young performers given extra 7 days to apply for Late Late Toy Show

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'I was put on a cancer drug trial... and later discovered it actually made the cancer progress faster' - Irish woman (46)

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Emma Stone opens up about struggle with anxiety: 'I started therapy when I was seven'

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AIB advert showing child wearing puffy coat in car seat 'not to be used in current form again'

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Solar-powered Cottage in the Vineyard puts a modern spin on rural architecture

Ramón Esteve Estudio completed a minimalist mono-pitched dwelling that blends into its agricultural backdrop yet still catches the eye with its modern design. Located in the rural outskirts of Valencia, Spain, the Cottage in the Vineyard was designed to perfectly integrate into the landscape and features full-height glazing to blur the lines of indoor/outdoor living. The home also sits lightly on the landscape with its use of solar panels, natural insulation, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater...

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Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina Home, Lake Washington Residence, New Property USA, Architecture

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Contemporary Family Dwelling, WA, USA – design by SkB Architects

Sep 22, 2017

Modern Oasis – New House in Medina

Design: SkB Architects

Location: Medina, Eastside, King County, Washington, USA

Contemporary Medina House

Photographs by Lara Swimmer and Mark Woods.

The clients discovered this house, which was built in the early 1990s, while looking for a place in which to raise their family.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

They were drawn to the site’s natural landscape and its western views to Lake Washington. The original 3,800-square-foot house was an unusually austere interpretation of minimalist modern architecture—dark and inwardly focused.

The updated design evokes a gallery-like aesthetic, with the interiors spotlighting the owner’s art collection and substituting light filled interior for what was previously dark. The focal point for the home is the primary living space which opens the house to the site, extending from the front of the house to the back and out to the pool.

Inside, white walls contrast with dark wood and steel floors. The original sunken living room was preserved as a nod to the past and to serve as a cozy sitting area.

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

Modern Oasis Medina House in Washington

A beeswax-coated wall conceals the stair and creates a nuanced backdrop for art while helping to anchor the central gathering space.

The kitchen was opened up to more directly connect it to adjacent living spaces and includes the addition of a floating island. A wall of glass opposite the island directs focus to the outdoors and towards the breakfast/family area.

A new pantry, powder room, and laundry area were added off of the kitchen. From the buckshot flooring to the granite countertops, the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic materials creates an atmosphere of minimalist elegance and a celebration of natural materials. The remodel also included a renovation of the master suite.

All windows, roofing, and finishes were updated during the remodel. Indoor/outdoor connections were reinforced by inserting large, fixed windows into the main level windows to emphasize axes through the house and to orient views to key focal points in the landscape.

Concealed doors were installed next to the windows creating access to key areas of the yard, while limiting visual intrusions into the otherwise abstracted space.

On the exterior, existing architectural forms were abstracted by removing embellishments and refinishing the house in white stucco resulting in a simple modernist composition.

SkB Architects design team
Kyle Gaffney, co-principal designer
Shannon Gaffney, co-principal designer

Project credits
SkB Architects (architecture, interior design)
Dovetail General Contractors (contractor)
Allworth Design (landscape architects)

Specialty fabricators/materials
Susan Zoccola (beeswax feature wall); LV Wood Floors (oak flooring, espresso); Pental (Chroma Quartz countertops); Tuva (carpet); Delta Light (Light Boxy lights); Maya Romanoff (Cosmic Celadon wall coverings)

Lara Swimmer
Mark Woods

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Hiroshi Sambuichi Reflects Upon His Hometown of Hiroshima, And Why It Became Green Again

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Drugs worth €80,000 found as dig for missing Trevor ends

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Jester keeps shareholders smiling and clapping despite 'cock-up'

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Garda 'has more than 130 bank accounts', PAC is told

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BofI hasn't launched an internal probe into tracker overcharging

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Kim Jong Un calls Donald Trump 'deranged', says he will 'pay dearly' for his threats

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Why the fee Atletico Madrid paid for Diego Costa has implications for Antoine Griezmann and Manchester United

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Glasgow to host World Irish Dancing Championships in 2024

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Russell Brand speaks about ongoing battle with drug and sex addiction

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Unbreakable: True Lives review: 'a damning indictment of the legal system and society and how they can fail Irish women'

In the wake of George Hook’s comments about rape, and the storm of controversy that subsequently raged, TV3 had a rare opportunity to make a powerful statement with their latest documentary 'Unbreakable: True Lives'.

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Neil Gaiman will voice Simpsons’ cat for the first time in Halloween special

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Xbox One X: The futuristic console with an eye on the past

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Nouvelle AOM Wins Competition to Redesign Paris' Tour Montparnasse

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Arena Central in Birmingham

1 Arena Central, Birmingham’s Mixed-Use Building, Midlands Offices, Architecture

Arena Central

Mixed-Use West Midlands Development, England, UK – design by Make Architects

21 Sep 2017

3 Arena Central in Birmingham

Design: Make Architects

3 Arena Central Building in Birmingham

Tenant announcement set to kick off development at 3 Arena Central

The Cabinet Office has today announced that they will be taking a long-term lease at Make’s third building designed for the Arena Central development in Birmingham.

The 239,000ft2 office building was granted planning consent in December 2016 and was shortlisted as a potential new home for a number of government departments as part of the government’s drive to modernise and improve the efficiency of its estate.

3 Arena Central Building in Birmingham

3 Arena Central is located at the heart of Make’s masterplan for the development, which is being delivered by Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL), a joint venture led by Miller Developments.
The building is situated behind the listed former Midland Bank at 301 Broad Street and is fronting a new public square. At 14 storeys, 3 Arena Central’s geometric, punched metal cladding will be visible from Centenary Square and Mecanoo’s Library of Birmingham while forming a focal point within the masterplan.

Architect Joanna Pilsniak said: “From the outset, the Arena Central masterplan was all about fulfilling the civic potential of this site – opposite Centenary Square with its stunning new library and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and International Convention Centre – as well as delivering the very best in commercial office space to provide for the future of the city. So, with HSBC due to move in next year to 1 Centenary Square and planning consent granted for 1 Arena Central it’s fantastic that this building will soon come to fruition too, especially as it will help bound the new Bank Court public realm.

“Congratulations to all at Arena Central Developments for securing this high profile tenant.”
Andrew Sutherland, ACDL, said: “The team at Make has done an exceptional job in designing the highly desirable, contemporary buildings that form the core of Arena Central. The work that has gone into both 3 Arena Central and 1 Centenary Square, from which HSBC will operate its ring-fenced banking division, is outstanding and they will make a great addition to Birmingham’s burgeoning skyline.”

The development of 3 Arena Central will trigger the development of much of Arena Central’s public realm and landscaping. The building will open on to Bank Court – a new formal square which will be the centrepiece of the site, bounded by 1 Arena Central, 301 Broad Street, 1 Centenary Square and 3 Arena Central.

A double height colonnade along three sides of the building provides a direct link between Bank Court and a second more informal landscaped space, called The Terrace, which will step down the slope of the site towards The Mailbox and link to the Serpentine Path winding through the whole length of the site. Along the northern face the colonnade will reinforce a pedestrian route from Richard Seifert’s listed Alpha Tower through to the canal.

Arena Central is a £500 million scheme on a 9.2-acre site in the heart of Birmingham. Make has masterplanned the full site and designed three major buildings so far, including its gateway structure 1 Arena Central, a mixed use development on Centenary Square with office, retail and restaurant space, and 1 Centenary Square (formerly 2 Arena Central), Birmingham’s first building with LEED Gold accreditation, which, in 2018, is due to become the headquarters of HSBC’s new ringfenced retail banking division.

Arena Central in Birmingham images / information from Make

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13 Aug 2014

Arena Central in Birmingham

Architects: Make

Birmingham City Council gives green light to first Arena Central building

Birmingham City Council has granted detailed planning consent for the development of the first commercial building at Arena Central.

Arena Central

Fronting Broad Street and sitting opposite Centenary Square, 1 Arena Central – which is set to be the first speculatively developed new office building in Birmingham City Centre since the start of the latest property cycle – will provide 140,000 sq ft of accommodation across eight floors including 135,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, with typical floorplates of 21,000 sq ft. The building will also offer 5,000 sq ft of retail units on the ground floor and 68 car parking spaces in a secure basement environment.

1 Arena Central is the first step in the masterplan for the 9.2 acre mixed-use site, which is being delivered by Arena Central Developments Ltd (ACDL). Outline planning permission is already in place for 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use space, including 860,000sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, over 200,000 sq ft of residential units, 2,500 car parking spaces and more than 1.2 million sq ft of retail and leisure units.

Jonathan Wallis, ACDL, said: “With reserved matters planning consent now secured, we are poised to begin the first phase of development at Arena Central in earnest and 1 Arena Central could be available to occupiers in mid 2016, ahead of the competition. Our location provides an outstanding advantage to occupiers in terms of the availability of amenities and access to transport links, with a stop on the new Midland Metro tram due to be delivered adjacent to the building’s main entrance.

Arena Central

“The development of 1 Arena Central is the first step towards the realisation of our vision for a truly mixed-use, office-led destination in the heart of the city centre. In Arena Central, we are looking to provide a high quality location that will continue to build on Birmingham’s burgeoning reputation as an attractive destination for blue chip occupiers.”

Designed by Make, 1 Arena Central features a curved façade with a contemporary chequerboard motif, designed to encourage pedestrian traffic onto the site and forming an extension to Broad Street. The building also features 2,500 sq ft of open balconies on the top floor, providing views across Centenary Square and back towards the Mailbox and Cube.

Frances Gannon, Make partner said: “We are really pleased to have received planning consent and are now able to move forward with this exciting development. The bold building design paired with the generous park landscape will create a striking new place in the heart of the city.”

Martin Guest, CBRE, said: “The recent absorption of 100,000 sq ft of stock at Two Snowhill is only exacerbating the current dearth of high quality stock in the city. The city needs deliverable opportunities such as this in order to meet the rising demand for high quality office stock from blue chip corporate occupiers such as Deutsche Bank.”

A joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital, Arena Central is framed by Broad Street, Holliday Street, Bridge Street and Suffolk Street Queensway and lies at the heart of Birmingham’s City Centre Enterprise Zone, benefitting from simplified planning and reduced business rates as well as forming a significant part of the city’s vision for regeneration, as laid out in the Big City Plan.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, at Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham is attracting considerable interest from arange of high quality international occupiers, keen to relocate or expand their businesses. Office-led developments, such as Arena Central will go a long way tosecuring further investments of this kind and continue to raise the standard of office accommodation in the city, as well as creating job opportunities.”

Alongside 1 Arena Central, the planning committee also approved the development’s infrastructure works and a modification to the site’s much anticipated public realm, which will form the first element of Arena Central’s phased delivery programme.

Running from the north to the south side of the site, the public realm has been designed as an urban meadow in a style that mirrors other statement public spaces, such as the High Line in New York, and includes some 40 per cent soft landscaping.

Arena Central is currently home to a number of redundant buildings including the former Carlton Television studios, and a leisure club, with a multi storey car park having already been demolished.

Clearance work on the site is already underway with further demolition of the remaining buildings due to commence shortly and work on 1 Arena Central and the new public realm set to start in early 2015.

About Arena Central
Arena Central is a joint venture between Miller Developments and Bridgehouse Capital, comprising a circa £400m development with existing outline planning permission for up to 2.3 million sq ft of mixed-use development, comprising offices, hotel, residential, leisure and retail space, car parking and a public square forming the centrepiece of the development. Existing buildings on the site include Alpha Tower and the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The vision for Arena Central is to create a number of ‘oven-ready’ development plots, all of which will be set within an inspirational public realm with a uniquely landscaped pedestrian walkway – designed to echo the urban styles of New York’s High Line, the Promenade Plantee in Paris and London’s own Olympic Park – running through the heart of the scheme.

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New Sport & Fitness Club in The Midlands, England, UK – design by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

21 Sep 2017

Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre Building

Design: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands Architects

Location: University of Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands completes Indoor Sports Centre at the University of Birmingham

One of the UK’s most ambitious indoor sports facilities opens.

The Indoor Sports Centre at the University of Birmingham will provide future generations of the city’s athletes with world-class sports facilities. Open to students, academics and the public, the Centre incorporates Birmingham’s first Olympic-standard swimming pool, together with a range of sports halls and gyms, laboratories and testing facilities. The project also meets ambitious energy performance targets, particularly for a swimming pool, and makes optimum use of natural light.

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness Club Building

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For Zena Wooldridge OBE, Director of Sport at the University of Birmingham, the opening of the new facility is the culmination of 10 years’ planning; she says:
‘The stature of this new building reflects Birmingham’s position as a leading global sporting University, both academically and across the range of sport and fitness opportunities for participants of all ages and aspirations. It is a magnificent building, and has received amazing feedback since it opened. Our aim is to provide a fabulous sport and fitness experience, not just via the quality of the facility, but also through the huge choice and the quality of programmes and the expertise of our staff. The whole project is designed to enhance the quality of life in our community.’

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands director, Paul Sandilands, who oversaw the project says:
‘It is a wonderful project on so many levels – a civic gateway to the Aston Webb campus, a highly sophisticated university sports destination, yet also a place for the people of Birmingham.’

Located on a former brownfield site, adjacent to the Edgbaston Conservation Area, the Centre forms a gateway to the University’s Edgbaston Campus and expresses a welcoming civic identity on the busy A38, which runs along the site’s southern boundary. The building’s considered composition is matched by a subtle landscape strategy, which responds sympathetically to the existing context and a dramatic change of levels, to connect the city to the heart of the University campus, located some 10m above.

Formally, the scheme is articulated as discreet volumes, detailed in brick and bronze. Each of these four elements is devoted to a separate use – swimming pool, gym and changing rooms, sports halls, and car park – and the volumes shift in plan and section in response to the topography and to articulate the entrance. The swimming pool is placed prominently to the south, to signpost the Centre and the University beyond. A simple arrangement of spaces and structure gives the building inherent flexibility, while the staggered plan allows any of the volumes to be extended easily in the future.

A public colonnade encourages informal access to the building, and onward to the campus, and provides an invitational glimpse of the swimming pool through a glazed double-height façade. Once inside, there are views between the pavilions, the gym, pool and sports hall, and the reception desk is surmounted by a dramatic climbing wall.


The scheme is designed to achieve an Environmental Performance Certificate rating of ‘A’ and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The four pavilions combine to form a virtually square plan with excellent wall-to-floor-area ratio. Each is laid out to provide the optimum arrangement for its particular sport. Each element has an efficient and flexible layout – the result being that a relatively modest budget has afforded an unusually high quality of workmanship and material.

The simple internal layout of spaces and structure, together with an inherent flexibility, is an important aspect of the Centre’s sustainable credentials; embodied energy in fabric and structure equates to many years of carbon used in operation.

Good daylight in the heart of the building significantly reduces the projected CO2 emissions by artificial lighting and greatly enhances the user experience. Natural ventilation in spring and autumn will also reduce energy consumption.

In summer, cool night air is introduced into the building to lower the temperature of the exposed thermal mass of the fabric and to damp heat gains the next day. When large crowds of spectators attend the sports hall, a natural ventilation ‘boost’ facility, powered by dedicated PV panels, improves summer conditions. A heat-recovery system also allows the ‘boost’ to be used in winter.
The services are laid out to facilitate future upgrades to meet changing environmental standards with minimal disruption. The development is slated to achieve the first EPC ‘A’ rating for a sports centre in the UK and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating through a host of measures including very low U values for its envelope, connection to the university’s district heating system and a very onerous air tightness of 3m3/h/m2 @ 50Pa achieved with the assistance of a specialist airtightness consultant.

Birmingham Indoor Sports Centre – Building Information

Client: University of Birmingham
Architect/Lead designer: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Sports consultant: S+P Architects
Cost consultant: Robinson Lowe Francis (RLF)
Structural engineers: Arup
Service engineers: Couch Perry and Wilkes LLP (CPW)
CDM-C: Steven Barnsley Associates (SBA)
Sports Consultee: Sport England
Building Control: ACIVICO Building Consultancy
Landscape Architect: Townsend Landscape Architects
Fire: Jeremy Gardner Associates
Transport/ Highway WSP Property and Development
Environmental engineer: WSP Environment
Flood risk: WSP Property and Development
Accessibility consultant: People Friendly Design
Acoustic engineer: Cole Jarman
Air tightness: BSRIA
Filtration engineer: Devin Consulting
Planning Consultant: Turleys
Climbing walls: DR climbing

Facts and Figures
• £35 million construction cost • 142,000 sq ft (13,205 sq m) GIA • 1.88 hectare site area • 50m Olympic swimming pool with moveable floor and boom • 2,000 sqm multi-purpose arena and sports hall with 780 bleacher seats (appropriate for 12 badminton courts / 12 competition table tennis courts / 3 netball or basketball courts) • 6 squash courts (3 of them are show courts with 200 spectator seats) • 200 + station gym • 2 large activity rooms • 300 sqm Dojo can be used for a range of martial arts classes and training • Climbing wall in reception • Sports performance laboratories, treatment rooms, rehab and assessment suites • Spa • 270 car parking spaces • Primary materials are brick, bronze, acid etched pre-cast concrete, timber • Estimated c90,000 bricks • 2 million litres of water in the pool • 45 minutes to change from 25m to 50m pool

The University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham (informally Birmingham University) is the oldest red brick university in the United Kingdom a founding member of both the Russell Group of British Research Universities and Universitas 21, the international network of research universities.
It was ranked 11th in the UK and 64th in the world by QS World University Rankings. In 2013, Birmingham was named ‘University of the Year 2014’ in the Times Higher Education awards. Birmingham is also ranked 4th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, higher than University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. The student population includes around 19,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students, which is the 11th largest in the UK.

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands was established in 1986 and operates from a Grade II listed building in West London, formerly the home of Island Records.

Its portfolio encompasses residential, workplace, urban design and masterplanning, interior design, retail and restaurants, as well as education and community buildings. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won over 80 awards including ‘London Architect of the Year’ in 2015, the 2016 Mayor’s Housing Design Award, a 2017 RIBA National Design Award for its Paradise Gardens project and the Best New Public Space, 2017 at the recent London Planning Awards. The practice, together with American light artist Leo Villareal, recently won the international Illuminated River competition lighting 15 Thames bridges in central London and they are currently working on the Institute of Future Living, the first phase of the new campus for UCL in East London.

As well as an established reputation for innovative design, the practice is known for its creative adaptation of historic buildings, from the Oxo Tower refurbishment of the 1990s to more recent interventions, notably the acclaimed transformation of Foyles Bookshop’s flagship store and auctioneer Bonhams New Bond Street Headquarters.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

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26 Jun 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 Open Until November

Serpentine Pavilion design by Francis Kéré Extends Opening Due to Popular Demand

Due to popular demand, it’s been announced that the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion will now remain open for an additional six weeks, until 19th November.

For the fifth year running, AECOM, in collaboration with David Glover, delivered technical advisory services for the Pavilion, including structural and civil engineering, fire engineering, electrical engineering and lighting design. Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, designed this year’s Pavilion, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.
The architect’s vision is one of community and connecting people together with nature. This is reflected in the exposed canopy structure engineered by AECOM, and use of a simple palette of tactile traditional materials that encourages visitors to engage with them.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by architect Francis Kéré:
Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré
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For Kéré, it is important the Pavilion becomes a beacon of light at night. AECOM worked closely with the architect and contractor, Stage One, to create visualisations of the final designs, allowing AECOM’s engineers to envisage the mood and ambience from multiple points of view to craft a subtle and inviting glow. Daylight streams into and through the structure during the day, while at night artificial lights reverse the process, flowing out of the structure and inviting people to come and visit.

Only four materials were used to build the Pavilion – steel, timber, concrete and polycarbonate – to create a light, exposed structure. Each material was engineered down to a minimum, with every detail requiring close attention. Each component was carefully aligned and refined to create a neat simplicity that belies the complex elliptical geometry of the structure.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

Jon Leach, Director, AECOM, said: “The unique programme for the Serpentine Pavilion necessitates that the role of engineer is central to the creative process. Knowledge of materials and fabrication methods, as well as the planning and Building Control approval processes, are required to transform the design into functional and buildable spaces without losing sight of the original architectural or artistic vision. It is marvelous that the design will continue to be enjoyed by visitors during the extended period.”

Amy Koerbel, Regional Director, commented: “This year’s programme has been ambitious as always and the hard work has really paid off. It is wonderful to see the space being enjoyed and admired by so many visitors this summer. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue to show guests this fantastic structure over the next few months and I am excited to see how the lighting design – Francis’ vision of the beacon – will feature more and more as the days become shorter.”

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26 Jun 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 Review

Review of Serpentine Pavilion design by Francis Kéré

Review by architect Eleonora Nicoletti, one of e-architect’s London architecture guides:

The first impression I had while approaching this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, can be summarised by a single adjective: joyous.

Two contrasting colours, that of the yellowish canopy radiating from the centre and the shade of indigo blue of the curved walls looking even brighter in cloudy weather, attract visual attention well before the rich textures of wood can be distinguished at close distance. Triangular patterns characterising both the walls made of stuck wooden blocks and the slatted timber roof, break the linearity of wooden elements to let more light penetrate the pavilion and evoke the tactility of textiles.

The round, permeable configuration of the pavilion is developed around the funnel-shaped canopy supported by steel framework and reminiscent of a tree, that protects visitors from both sunlight and rain, and it is clearly designed to draw people in, towards the centre where rainwater is directed into the ground through the sloping, translucent roof covering.

Acting as a catalyst for social encounters and interactions, the pavilion includes a bar area, wooden seats and a slide for children to play on. Almost like fabric unravelling around the central canopy structure, the walls seem to invite visitors to move around and through the pavilion, as well as to stop inside and enjoy its protected environment surrounded by the natural setting of Hyde Park, to which the pavilion definitely adds vitality.

23 Jun 2017

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

British architect Adrian Welch, Founding Editor of e-architect, interviews AECOM’s Project Engineers for Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion about their role in this internationally renowned cultural project.

– Clearly this is a prestigious commission for AECOM: the company has been involved for five years delivering a range of technical advisory services, can you tell me how you got the job and what your feelings were about the commission?

AECOM, alongside David Glover, was invited by Serpentine Galleries to provide technical design services for their yearly Architecture Programme in 2013 – acting as Technical Advisor for each annual Pavilion since then as well as the various exhibitions held in both the Serpentine and Sackler Galleries throughout the year.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

Working on the annual pavilion is always a commission we look forward to – working with a new architect each year makes each pavilion a fresh challenge and a responsive process of continuous research and development.

There have been many highly innovative pavilions over the years, the feeling must be daunting, was part of your design process thinking based on trying to ensure this design stands out from previous designs?
The brief for the Pavilion has remained almost unchanged since its inception in 2000. The brief describes the main functional and technical constraints of the Pavilion, but is deliberately short to allow the architect to come up with their own interpretation and vision. Having worked on five Pavilions since 2013, and knowing well all of the wonderful designs that preceded, it is fascinating how diverse the structures have been and how much of the architect’s personality is enveloped in the final product. So, for us, it is not daunting at all and we look forward to seeing how each architect has approached it, the clarity of their vision, and how they work with the team.

We must pay tribute to Francis and his team; the initial concept was incredibly strong and clearly defined and that made the process of refinement very successful through close collaboration.

What we add to the process is the ability to take the initial concept, which as you say has featured many innovative pavilions over the years, and deliver the vision for the Gallery and the waiting press and public.

This year was no different and the engineering interpretation relied on a combination of cutting-edge computational design and fabrication, and on the application of engineering first principles and knowledge of the materials and manufacturing techniques to turn the vision into a reality.

– The building has an incredible feeling of lightness, achieved using various devices, can you describe some of the key moves that established this?

Kéré sought to adopt a modern interpretation of traditional, low-tech materials to bring together the warmth of his home-town community and the rich architectural tapestry of London.

The tree canopy is constructed using a slender welded steel lattice which supports a carefully crafted timber soffit and a translucent covering. With such a simple palette of materials every detail required very close attention. The steelwork and the timber were carefully aligned and refined to create a neat simplicity which belies the complex elliptical geometry of the canopy.

Having agreed the basic geometry our first move was to transform the digital model into a fully immersive virtual environment where the team could walk around the Pavilion at full scale and check that the various interfaces felt right, for example the gap between the top of the walls and the soffit of the ceiling, down to the finer detailing of all of the connections.

The second and most critical step in the design process involved visits to the contractor, Stage One’s facility in York, where the key details were mocked up at full scale in a range of colours for the team to inspect and approve. The colour of the walls was a hot topic with several shades of blue trialled before the rich, deep blue stain evident in the final build was agreed on. Computer modelling and 3D rendering can only go so far in giving an understanding of how elements will work together, it is only when seeing them physically and being able to touch and feel them that you gain the confidence that you’re going to get the effect you’re looking for.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

– The structure pares away as it drops and simultaneously moves inwards towards the centre, can you explain how the steel rods are so delicate, like an Eva Jiricna glass staircase?

This is a fine compliment, so firstly, thank you. The refined and elegant structure of the canopy is a testament to the truly collaborative approach of the design team – one that relies on respect, commitment and trust.

The shape and form of the steel roof was designed entirely around the show-stopping ceiling that was presented by Kéré at the first design team meeting in January. We were able to take this direction and develop the structural frame to be completely integrated and aligned with the ceiling, making every element of structure work with no additional secondary elements. This combined with our specific knowledge of advanced structural analysis, the site logistics, and the cutting-edge fabrication systems available at Stage One allowed us to design the delicate steel frame seen in the Pavilion to satisfy all necessary approvals and design codes.

We worked closely with Stage One during fabrication to plan an exact construction sequence for the canopy’s complex collection of nodes to help minimise time on site and ensure the pre-fabricated secondary cladding elements could be erected without over-stressing the delicate steelwork.

– How do you think Francis Kéré’s architectural design relates to the parkland setting?

Connecting with nature was a key theme of the architect’s design and we believe he’s achieved this in a number of ways. Despite the Pavilion being nearly 5m high and 330m2 in plan, the flow of the 4 curved walls peeling away from the central space, the delightful hints of views and movement through the perforations in the walls, and the openness of the timber ceiling mean that the Pavilion is always connected to the outside, continuing to surprise you as you approach it from any side and more layers of the interior are revealed.

Kéré took inspiration from the trees of his home village and the structure was designed to mimic this. The roof projects out to form a canopy for shelter from the elements and the funnel formed by the central columns channels water into the heart of the structure when it rains.

– The pavilion feels welcoming – it is on the same plane as the surrounding lawn, and quite open. However the corollary of this is that is has less mystique, you can almost see the whole design from the outset. What aspects entice visitors to engage with the building?

For the 2017 Pavilion, Kéré adopted a traditional African vernacular, a dramatic design with a sense of place and a human scale which would resonate with any community. Use of colour and texture and developing details to create visual surprise are provided throughout the pavilion to engage visitors. At night, the lighting design turns the Pavilion into a beacon at night, creating a warm and approachable space despite the outward drama of the structure.

– What were the major obstacles created by the tight construction timescale of around six weeks?

The timescales for the project are famously challenging, with just 20 weeks from inception to completion. This is deliberate as it leads to a spontaneity in the design; a fusion of art, architecture and engineering. The 20 week timescale includes just 7 weeks on site to construct the Pavilion therefore the use of rapid prototyping, off-site manufacture and well thought out details are crucial to the success of the process.

Whilst from the outside, Kéré’s Pavilion appears simple, the sheer number of highly finished components is deceiving. As an example, there are over 1500 individual steel elements in the roof structure alone, which required sourcing, cutting, welding, painting, transporting and erecting.

Every Pavilion is a prototype and Kéré’s was no different; each stage of the construction process required careful thought with the proposed construction methodology refined on site. It was only when each method of construction was working as planned, with the necessary number of modules erected per day, that the next stage could be scheduled in and the process would start again.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré

– How was the serrated dark blue outer carapace designed, fabricated, delivered to site and constructed?

The walls went through several iterations of material, size, shape and colour before the use of stained timber was agreed. 420 triangular modules of timber were used to form the 4 curved walls in the finished pavilion, each approximately 560mm high, 175mm thick and 715mm wide at their largest point. The modules of timber were themselves formed from 8 pieces of solid wood, glued and screwed together at the contractor, Stage One’s facility in York. The modules of timber were then stacked 5 high, creating an imposing structure nearly 3m high, providing protection from the sun, wind and rain.

The walls were designed to act as vertical cantilevers, with an effective ‘column’ formed through the point where the triangular modules met each other. The connection detail was developed using in-house knowledge of the material as well as physical testing; the result of which was a dowelled joint, with 2 16mm steel bars connecting the modules together and glued in place. The connection detail ensured that each ‘column’ of 5 vertical modules was independently stable and allowed adjacent stacks of modules to be locally rotated to form the gentle curves detailed by Kéré. The gaps between the walls are a deliberate feature, allowing light to pass from the outside to inside during the day and in reverse at night, creating a lantern to attract people to the Pavilion.

– Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré comes from Burkina Faso and he uses materials and styles related to his heritage. Was there any difficulty in sourcing products, such as the roof wooden ‘matting’, that satisfied his exacting requirements?

Kéré sought to adopt a modern interpretation of traditional, low-tech materials to bring together the warmth of his home-town community and the rich architectural tapestry of London. The short lead-in times mean that the Stage One team has become adept at sourcing readily available materials to be transformed into bespoke fabrications.

Each material was engineered down to a minimum, with every detail requiring close attention. Credit must go to Stage One for sourcing the 2.5km of structural steel that went into the roof structure and the 13000 timber members that helped form the distinctive timber ceiling, which all required the final design and geometry to be fixed very quickly in the design to allow enough time for the mock-ups to be approved and the shop production to follow The use of fully parametric 3D models setting out all of the steel and timber assisted hugely in this process.

2017 Serpentine Pavilion roof design

– The pavilion hosts a range of events including a café and free family activities during the day and a space for the Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians by night, how did AECOM facilitate this changing programme? What were the key challenges?

Creating a sense of community was Kéré’s intent for the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion. As engineers, our role is to provide the technical solutions that transform his architectural vision into a safe, accessible, dry and functional space where people can gather.

– Finally, what have AECOM learnt from being involved in this fascinating project over the last five years?

AECOM have had the privilege of working with 9 different architects involved with the Serpentine Architecture Programme, the Contractor, Stage One and the client the Serpentine Galleries over the last 5 years. The 6-month design period from concept to completion has taught us how to work quickly and effectively with each unique team developing bespoke workflows which have been finely tuned along the way. It’s success relies on always having the key decision makers around the table to keep the project moving forward at pace; every decision counts and having exposure to the knowledge and experience of the wider team, as well as the outstanding personal commitment of the key team members, has enhanced our ability to design architecturally outstanding projects with clean and clever detailing, both on time and on budget.

The answers were from Jon Leach, Director, Michael Orr, Principal Engineer, and Amy Koerbel, Associate Director.

21 Feb 2017

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2017

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2017 Design

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 – excerpts below

23 June – 8 October 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré, Design Render, Exterior:
Serpentine Pavilion 2017
photo © Kéré Architecture

Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers.

Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré has designed a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.

Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré, Design Render, Interior:
Serpentine Pavilion 2017 interior
photo © Kéré Architecture

Kéré has positively embraced British climate in his design, creating a structure that engages with the ever-changing London weather in creative ways. The Pavilion has four separate entry points with an open air courtyard in the centre, where visitors can sit and relax during sunny days. In the case of rain, an oculus funnels any water that collects on the roof into a spectacular waterfall effect, before it is evacuated through a drainage system in the floor for later use in irrigating the park. Both the roof and wall system are made from wood. By day, they act as solar shading, creating pools of dappled shadows. By night, the walls become a source of illumination as small perforations twinkle with the movement and activity from inside.

As an architect, Kéré is committed to socially engaged and ecological design in his practice, as evidenced by his award-winning primary school in Burkina Faso, pioneering solo museum shows in Munich and Philadelphia, and his immersive installation in the 2014 exhibition Sensing Spaces at London’s Royal Academy.

Gando Primary School; Gando, Burkina Faso, 2001:
Gando Primary School
photo © Simeon Duchoud

Kéré’s design follows Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), whose ‘unzipped wall’ structure was visited by more than 250,000 people in 2016, making it one of the most visited Pavilions to date. Four commissioned Summer Houses in 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Paris) and Asif Khan (London), attracted almost 160,000 visitors.

Francis Kéré, architect:
Francis Kéré
photo © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

Diébédo Francis Kéré, architect of the 17th Serpentine Pavilion, said: “As an architect, it is an honour to work in such a grand park, especially knowing the long history of how the gardens evolved and changed into what we see today. Every path and tree, and even the Serpentine lake, were all carefully designed. I am fascinated by how this artificial landscape offered a new way for people in the city to experience nature.

Gando Primary School; Gando, Burkina Faso, 2001:
Gando Primary School
photo © Enrico Cano

In Burkina Faso, I am accustomed to being confronted with climate and natural landscape as a harsh reality. For this reason, I was interested in how my contribution to this Royal Park could not only enhance the visitor’s experience of nature, but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other.”

Camper Pop-up Shop at Vitra; Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2015:
Camper Pop-up Shop at Vitra in Weil am Rhein
photo © Vitra. Photography by Eduardo Perez

Technical Advisor: David Glover
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Camper Pop-up Shop at Vitra; Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2015:
Camper Pop-up Shop at Vitra; Weil am Rhein
photo © Vitra. Photography by Eduardo Perez

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Architect for 2017

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré is the principal architect at Kéré Architecture based in Berlin, founded in 2005. Kéré was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso, west Africa and trained at the Technical University of Berlin.

Kéré Architecture has been recognised nationally and internationally with awards including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso; LOCUS Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2009); Global Holcim Award Gold (2011 and 2012); Green Planet Architects Award (2013); Schelling Architecture Foundation Award (2014) and the Kenneth Hudson Award – European Museum of the Year (2015).

National Park of Mali; Bamako, Mali, 2010:
National Park of Mali
photo © Kéré Architecture

Projects undertaken by Francis Kéré span countries including Burkina Faso, Mali, China, Mozombique, Kenya, Togo, Sudan, Germany, and Switzerland. He has taught internationally including the Technical University of Berlin and he has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Accademia di Architettura di Mendriso in Switzerland.

Kéré’s work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions: Radically Simple at the Architecture Museum in Munich (2016) and The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2016). His work has also been selected for group exhibitions Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and Sensing Spaces, Royal Academy, London (2014).

Gando Primary School Extension; Gando, Burkina Faso, 2008:
Gando Primary School building
photo © Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

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8 Jun 2016

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion + Summer Houses 2016

Photos of the completed paviloion and houses:

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 by BIG

by Kunlé Adeyemi:
Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi

by Yona Friedman:
Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Yona Friedman

by Asif Khan:
Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Asif Khan

by Barkow Leibinger:
Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Barkow Leibinger

photographs © Iwan Baan

Architect Bjarke Ingels in front of the Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 in London by BIG

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG):
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 in London by BIG

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 in London by BIG

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 in London by BIG
photographs © Iwan Baan

Location: Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA, UK

Four Summer Houses in the Serpentine 2016 Programme

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Serpentine Pavilion 2007 original architect : Snøhetta
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2006 : Rem Koolhaas
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2005 : Álvaro Siza & Eduardo Souto de Moura
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2003 : Oscar Niemeyer
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2002 : Toyo Ito
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2001 : Daniel Libeskind
Serpentine Pavilion architect 2000 : Zaha Hadid

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