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Roof and Mushrooms by Nendo with Ryue Nishizawa (JP)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 05.11.2013 - Tagged as: ,

Roof and Mushrooms by Nendo with Ryue Nishizawa, photo: Daici Ano

Roof and Mushrooms by Nendo with Ryue Nishizawa, photo: Daici Ano

Japanese designers Nendo have collaborated with architect Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA to create a wooden pavilion that flows down a steep hill face covered in luxurious vegetation on the campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

 

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Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

The Rolex Learning Center, designed by leading Japanese architectural practice SANAA, has opened in Lausanne, Switzerland. Situated on the campus of the EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the centre will function as a cultural hub for both students and the public, featuring a library with half a million volumes.

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

What is particularly striking about this project is that the 20,000 square-metre interior is articulated as single, continuous fluid space, providing, as the institution’s press release puts it, ‘a seamless network of services, libraries, information gathering, social spaces, spaces to study, restaurants, cafés and beautiful outdoor spaces’.

Rolex Learning Centre by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

There is something of the outside inside with this building, when one thinks of its geopraphical context. The EPFL campus is situated on a site that overlooks Lake Geneva and the Alps. The changing topography of this landscape, it could be argued, is echoed in the undulating interior landscape of this remarkable project, which was financed by the Swiss government in partnership with major Swiss businesses.

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rolex Learning Center by SANAA in Lausanne, Switzerland

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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