Sunday, 18 September 2011


David Chipperfield's glass pavilion for the South Bank Centre although inaugurated, was still unfinished yesterday, and in some sections had plywood roofing instead of glass. If I hadn't read it was unfinished, I would have thought it was intended to be this way, which I actually think is very avant-garde (povera!).

Press release:

For Size + Matter at London Design Festival, David Chipperfield Architects, teamed up with structural engineers and glass specialists from Arup to create a composition using Sefar Architecture Vision fabric. The metal-coated fabric mesh, black on one side and metallic on the other, is layered between two sheets of glass and gives the installation's panels both translucent and reflective qualities. David Chipperfield Architects has created a sculptural dialogue between two identical forms, different only in their orientation and aluminium and copper finishes. Each form consists of a series of unframed laminated glass panels with corresponding coloured stainless steel connections. Two Lines oscillates between a sculptural relationship of two orthogonal forms and a regular series of simple vertical elements. The interlayer of 50% mesh gives a stronger materiality to the glass, appearing at times monolithic and dynamically translucent, changing over the course of a day. As a result, the installation creates a variety of different experiences as visitors move within and around it.

Size + Matter at the London Design Festival’s pairs a leading designer or architect with a material or manufacturing process, exploring the dynamic between their creativity and the material or process. Previous commissions have included: David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, Paul Cocksedge, Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete and Marc Newson – at the Southbank Centre.

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