AZURE

Aiming for a clean slate

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, is rather ominous in appearance. Its sprawling grey mass, which looks from certain angles to be hovering, suggests a feathered flying dinosaur miraculously resurrected not by a scientist but by an architect. The seeming weightlessness of the structure is all the more impressive when you consider that its roof, composed of arbitrarily placed slate slabs, weighs more than 61 tonnes. The slabs are supported by slender white columns positioned between two and three metres apart, each piece piled onto a grid of steel mesh. Some of the pieces are held in place by wire loops, while others are held down by the weight of the stone atop them. Diminutive steel tables and chairs, also designed by Ishigami, furnish the spartan underbelly.

The pavilion’s rawness reflects the aesthetic of certain

Você está lendo uma amostra, registre-se para ler mais.

Interesses relacionados

Mais de AZURE

AZURELeitura de 2 minsTechnology & Engineering
Elevated Aging
Panoramic views, clean lines and a sleekly curved glass design. In the growing field of residential mobility, it’s a description worthy of only one elevator: Savaria’s new Vuelift Mini. A seamless combination of technical and aesthetic sophistication
AZURELeitura de 2 mins
Narrative Threads
Watching Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King this summer, Studio Anansi founder Evan Jerry recognized a kindred creative spirit. “She’s trying to go back to the root of Blackness,” he says, “but also asking: What if Blackness had the opportunity to
AZURELeitura de 1 minsScience & Mathematics
First + Foremost
Can light become material? In the hands of Ichiro Iwasaki, it comes very close. The Japanese designer’s new lighting collection for Spanish manufacturer Vibia — his third for the brand — marries a signature restraint with the playful, often philosoph