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Fri 26.2.

New US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake (UK)

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 26.02.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

Design for new US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake

Design for new US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake

US ambassador to London Louis Susman has unveiled the winning design in an architectural competition to create a new American Embassy for the British capital. Philadelphia-based architect Kieran Timberlake beat Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Richard Meier & Partners and Morphisis to win the project, which will be built at Nine Elms on the south bank of the Thames.

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Design for new US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake

The skin of the 12-storey box-like structure will be clad in blast-proof glass and plastic. It replaces Eero Saarinen’s 1957 embassy building in Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square, which has listed status.

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Design for new US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake

The British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ reports that the jury’s decision-making was far from straightforward: ‘The only two British members of the seven-strong design jury “fought to the death” against their American counterparts in a failed bid to block a winning design which they argued was not world class and was unfit to represent the US in Britain. Lord Rogers, the architect of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and Lord Palumbo, the property developer and art collector, felt so strongly about the inadequacies of the winning design, they submitted a “minority report” setting out their case to the US state department in Washington, which commissioned the building. (…) Rogers and Palumbo are said to have thought the design was boring and “not good enough to represent one of the great nations in London”, said sources familiar with the jury process.’

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Design for new US Embassy in London by Kieran Timberlake

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © 2009 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Photos: Iwan Baan

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. © 2009 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Photos: Iwan Baan

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 is designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA. The Pavilion, which is sponsored by NetJets Europe, will remain until 18 October. Describing their structure the architects said: ‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission is an ongoing programme of temporary structures by internationally acclaimed architects and designers.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission is an ongoing programme of temporary structures by internationally acclaimed architects and designers.

Sejima and Nishizawa have created a stunning Pavilion that resembles a reflective cloud or a floating pool of water, sitting atop a series of delicate columns. The metal roof structure varies in height, wrapping itself around the trees in the park, reaching up towards the sky and sweeping down almost to the ground in various places. Open and ephemeral in structure, its reflective materials make it sit seamlessly within the natural environment, reflecting both the park and sky around it. The Pavilion will be the architects’ first built structure in the UK and the ninth commission in the Gallery’s annual series of Pavilions.

NetJets Europe is the title sponsor for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009.

NetJets Europe is the title sponsor for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009.

Separate areas within the Pavilion contain spaces for a café and an auditorium, where the Park Night events programme will be presented, including performances, talks, film screenings and the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon. Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, said: ‘Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa’s design embraces the parkland around the Serpentine Gallery as never before with an extraordinarily innovative design, which reveals the subtle play on light and perception so characteristic of their work. This Pavilion will be a wonderful addition to London’s landscape this summer. It is our dream come true.’

 

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Wed 27.5.

Not so Crystal clear

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 27.05.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

Controversial modern design approval by MAKE architects

Controversial modern design approval by MAKE architects

Controversy surrounds Chelsea planning approval

Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE architects won planning permission on Thursday night for what is being touted by the planning committee as the most controversial modern design approval since that of Daniel Libeskind’s Spiral for the Victoria and Albert Museum. To be situated in the quiet end of Knightsbridge, the Mansour Namaki commission, dubbed the Brompton Crystal, will be neighbour to Libeskind’s project in Chelsea.

Draft by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE architects

Draft by Ken Shuttleworth’s MAKE architects

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