The Pavilions on our Porch

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2000 
Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was the first to be approached by the Serpentine Gallery to install a pop up summer pavilion. Pushing the boundaries of a marquee she was able to breach the barrier between permanent solidity of a structure, and the throwaway society that London holds. Whilst at the same time reminding the city to have fun!

She created 600sqft of flexible space underneath a canopy of triangulated canvas, between steel structures.

"Briefly brilliant …" The Guardian

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2001
Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind’s angular pavilion reflects the beauty of its natural surroundings. Bringing the quality of the park into an interior space, rather than letting itself be open to the elements.

'Temporary structures like Eighteen Turns are great additions to our parks and cityscapes; they can offer us adventurous, alternative and even radical impressions of what a new architecture might be.' The Guardian

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007
Zaha Hadid Architects & Patrik Schumacher
12 July – 21 July 2007

The three organic forms from Hadid offered a truly flexible space. Providing the shelter that is needed, the white forms can be illuminated to suite the use of the space in the evening. Making sure that the space was used every night for the 9 days it was erect.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007
Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen
24 August - 5 November 2007

The combination of an artist and architect seems to have taken the wrong path. Having lost focus of what a pavilion should provide, they strived to create everything, sweeping walk ways, internal chamber space, of which you can view from above. However for me, the specificity of the design is where it falls short. Flexibility is the key to creating what the space needs.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 
Frank Gehry
20 July - 19 October

Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade Frank Gehry masterminded a fun transient space. The arrangement of the glazed panes is solidified through the thick timber beams. Creating a space where people stumble upon the exhibitions, debates and performances.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 
Jean Nouvel
10 July - 17 October 2010

The pip within the apple, ‘concentrated life’. The perfect place for a date.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 
Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
1 June - 14 October 2012

The history of the Pavilions! I can’t help but feel it’s a little too soon.

. A.P .

Award Winning New York Town House

Best Residential Renovation / Redevelopment Americas Property Award
Best in New York State Award by AIA NY
Awarded a TriState (NY, NJ, PA) AIA Honor Award Architectural - Residential
AIA NY awarded an Interiors Honor Award

Not bad for a retired warehouse in Tribeca!

This former warehouse in lower Manhattan has been transformed into a spectacular townhouse. The void that has been carved through the centre of the building spans three floors, and allows light to penetrate into the industrial design.

Feature brick walls, worn metal and high ceilings help the property maintain its rugged past while the addition of glazing and floating stairs modernise and create usable spaces.

Innovative thinking from Dean/Wolf has seen the design of a town house flipped on its head. The living and communal spaces are hosted on the top floors allowing them to benefit from the best light, leaving the accommodation on the lower floors to utilise the light from the central void. This also allows direct access to the private outdoor space, which is a luxury within New York, and would no doubt raise resale prices of the property even though floor space is lost.

From a developer’s point of view, this is a direct example of how quality design and space planning has benefited the overall project. It allows you to sell at an ‘award winning’ price, which will undoubtedly always beat the cost of an extra 100sqft.