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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

#48 Serpentine Pavilion 2015



Serpentine Pavilion 2015
Architect: SelgasCano
Temporary Pavilion. Open June to October 2014
Location: Kensington Gardens, London

















Sunday, 28 September 2014

#47 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' Installation at the Tower of London



Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Installation at the Tower of London
Artist: Paul Cummins/ Tom Piper
Temporary installation. From 5th August until 11th November 2014
Location: Tower of London




Friday, 15 August 2014

#46 Serpentine pavilion 2014


Serpentine Pavilion 2014
Architect: Smiljan Radic
Temporary Pavilion. Open 26th June to 19th October 2014
Location: Kensington Gardens, London














Monday, 9 June 2014

Serpentine Pavilion 2014 under construction

Some photographs of the Serpentine Pavilion 2014 under construction. This year's pavilion is designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic and is the 14th pavilion in the series. It opens on the 26th June until 19th October 2014 and is situated on the edge of Kensington Gardens beside Hyde Park.

The design takes inspiration from the stone age with four large rocks providing the foundation for a curved translucent fibreglass structure, housing a part shaded, part open sunken public space. The rocks being reminiscent of the Stonehenge structures, propping up the curved structure will be accessible to the public and provide views out across the park. The translucent panels fix together to allow natural light into the central spaces during daytime and then in the evening provide a soft glow floating above the surrounding landscape.

Link to the official Serpentine Gallery website.

See also (Previous pavilions)
Serpentine Pavilion 2013 designed by Sou Fujimoto 





Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Shortlist for the rebuilding of the Crystal Palace announced



Six London based architects have been shortlisted to rebuild the Crystal Palace, originally designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and constructed in 1851 for the Great Exhibition. The vast iron and glass exhibition building was initially located in Hyde Park where it housed exhibitions for the latest technology and advancements during the industrial revolution. After the exhibition, the palace was dismantled and relocated to Sydenham Hill until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.

Plan of the Crystal Palace and surrounding landscape, 1857


The project will be chaired by London Mayor Boris Johnson and backed by Chinese Developer ZhongRong. The six shortlisted architects are

David Chipperfield Architects
Haworth Tomkins
Grimshaw
Marks Barfield Architects
Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners
Zaha Hadid Architects

Read the full Dezeen article on the regeneration here

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Feature #45 English Heritage exhibition: Almost Lost: London's Buildings Loved and Loathed



Almost Lost: London's Buildings Loved and Loathed is an English Heritage exhibition highlighting threats to London's historic buildings from redevelopment at various points throughout the twentieth century. Renders, models and drawings show how London may be today if it was not for the hard work of campaigners and conservation organisations. Projects include successful campaigns against the redevelopment of Piccadilly Circus, Whitehall, Soho, Covent Garden and the protection of Battersea Power Station. 

The exhibition is open 4th December 2013 until 2nd February 2014 and is set on the top two floors of Wellington Arch (by Decimus Burton 1826-30), Apsley way, Hyde Park Corner, London,W1J 7JZ.

Click here for more information on the exhibition (links to the English Heritage website).


Digital animation
Proposal for the redevelopment of Piccadilly Circus

Wellington Arch

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Week 51 13 Feature #44 London at Christmas

Trafalgar Square
 London at Christmas 2013

Some photographs of the large Christmas tree currently in Trafalgar Square and decorations in Piccadilly shopping arcades taken over the last few weeks.

Regent Street Christmas Lights
Princes Arcade
Royal Opera Arcade
Burlington Arcade