The transitory event building was designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and was opened in June 2016, in KensingtonÂ Gardens,Â London. For the last sixteen years, each year, bespoke architects were invited to design the pavilion.Â When I was in the UK for nearly six weeks during summer break, I had the chance to witness this piece of brilliant architecture.Â Such a pleasurable experience to be inside the pavilion, looking out. Or sitting on the patio looking into people queue-ing for beverages. I sat with my flat white, immersing the sun and my mind wandered around watching people do their own thing. Be it as contemplative as me; having a quick catch up with friends; or business meetings or supervising their children.
I had the chance to see the six months expo. A celebration of architecture, culture, food and people. Under the theme of “Feeding the Planet, the Energy of Life”, the expo exhibits 145 countries’ culture in self built pavilions and grouped pavilions. Full list of participating countries are here. ArchDaily did a roundup about the top 5 ones, here.
Top 5Â pavilions in my opinion are:
4. United Kingdom
Feel free to have a quick look of my Flickr for more pictures! One thing I regretted, did not bring the wide 17-40mm lens due to the weight. I had the GoPro Hero4 Black for some wide photos, but it is not a substitute of the wide lens. And too fish eyed too!
there you go, another final decisions.. wish the design can still be improved here and there, but that wonâ€™t happen, will it? i have selected some of my favourite images from my portfolio booklet, although bits and bobs are not perfect.
i would like to thank my tutor Chantelle Niblock for the tireless support, all contributors from the very beginning ( Nicole Porter, Owen South, Martin Knight, Ho Yin, Darren Robinson, John Chilton and Sean Lu) and my studio peer group.
testing out the integrated timber lattices system with various arrangements of social space.. the developed structural system was not factored in, and yet to be confirmed (very soon!). note: supposedly, #4 is a green cage. creepers will be planted soon 🙂
after i tested them out in Rhino, i moved on to physical models to give me more ideas about opening quality, atmosphere and scale. models were made in 1:50 scale, and there was a slight scale error due to materials limitation. and option (1) is still my choice.