Pavilions, Amazon and other news in this week’s round up

Many new important pavilions were opened or presented this week, most importantly, Serpentine pavilion. In addition, RIBA announced 49 best buildings in UK and Amazon patented a drone skyscraper.

  • Serpentine pavilion opened it’s doors this week. Most prestigious pavilion in the world this year was designed by Francis Kere, an architect from Burkina Faso. Rowan Moore of The Guardian wrote: “this is a Serpentine Pavilion that (unusually for the genre) doesn’t try too hard”. It is probably the best thing about it and the reason why it is very different from all previous pavilions. Moore’s colleague from The Guardian Oliver Wainwright noted quality of spaces pavilion has to offer: “The pavilion becomes more rewarding the longer you stay”. Pavilion will be opened to the public in Hyde Park, London until beginning of October when it will be demolished.

This is a Serpentine Pavilion that (unusually for the genre) doesn’t try too hard. – Rowan Moore 

  • Next important pavilion revealed this week was MPavilion by OMA in Australia. MPavilion in Melbourne is something like Serpentine is in London. Every year world’s most famous architects are invited to design it, pavilion host variety of different event and lasts all summer (Australian summer). However, this year’s OMA design seems a bit outdated an unimaginative.
  • Edinburgh is also keeping up with pavilion building craze. Malcolm Reading Consultants revealed 7 concepts of The Ross Pavilion in the heart of the city. The participating teams include BIG, Sou Fujimoto, Adjaye, West8 and others. Unlike Serpentine and MPavilion, Edinburgh’s will be permanent and this fact plays a role in the designs. Architects were playing safe and the outcome is more conservative.
  • Let’s stay in UK a bit more. RIBA named 49 best new buildings in UK. It is too much to analyse each project separately, but winners include everyone starting from BDP and WilkinsonEyre and ending with Caruso St John and 6a architects. There are so many names ranging from super corporate to cool boutique offices, that if you are not in the list, it means you sucked this year.
  • Now let’s switch from architecture to IT news for a moment. Amazon just patented a drone skyscraper. The key thing in this story is that huge IT companies are moving to the field of architecture and could soon start shaping our cities in very visible way by offer new building typologies of the 21st century. Just remember that in 1939 Frank Lloyd Wright patented his dwelling and now in 2017 Amazon patented a drone skyscraper. Something is happening here…
  • This week’s round up we end with an announcement of the theme of the second London Design Biennale – “Emotional States”. Article by The Guardian explains why this theme was chosen and what does it mean. To quickly summarise, it will focus on intangible factors of life – happiness and emotions. For example, just before Brexit vote GDP in the UK was growing at about 2% and unemployment had dropped below 5%, but another data showed that “in the two years leading up to Brexit, there was a 15% decline in the number of people rating their lives positively enough to be considered thriving”. London Design Biennale, which will be held next year, will try to investigate how designers and architects could make a difference in happiness and emotions.

Read more about pavilions in our coverage – Pavilions, pavilions everywhere!

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