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The annual Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2013 (until October 20) is designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He is the 13th in total and the 3rd Japanese architect to design this prestigious temporary architecture, and is the youngest of all at the age of 41 (reference: 2009 & 2010 articles).
This lightweight and semi-transparent latticed structure of 20mm steel poles is utilized as a multi-purpose social space. Visitors can sit down on acrylic discs of any level and enjoy reading, chatting or meditating. Or you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee at Fortnum & Mason café inside the pavillion. It’s not architect’s fault, but acrylic discs got dirty a little bit over time, and to me it looks better from outside, further enough to see the whole view. Also looking at the pavillion from different angles give you a different impression – not only see inside or from one point, but also go around (and around) when you visit.
I don’t like café staff’s T-shirt designed with fake tie & vest!
£1.5 billion funded by Qatari investors and designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the tallest building in Europe (309.6m / 1016ft), the Shard was inaugurated yesterday. A light and laser show to celebrate the opening started at 10:15pm yesterday night, but they failed to illuminate the skyline as planned and it didn’t seem to impress spectators (independent). We can see a tip of the Shard from our balcony, and I saw some laser light and also the footage on TV, but it was just ordinary and boring, not spectacular as they claimed… →more photo
The Shard houses residences, Shangri-la hotel, restaurants and offices (from the top to the bottom). From the View from The Shard observation platform in the 68th-72nd floors which some 244m (800ft) high, guests are able to see up to 64km (40 miles) away, and even France when is a clear day, according to the Mayor Boris Johnson.
The View from The Shard will be open to the public from February 1 next year, and from today pre-booking tickets are available through the Shard website or via the box office hotline (0844 499 7111). The tickets cost £24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children, which is much more expensive than London Eye (Standard Ticket £15), the Eiffel Tower (€14 = about £11), and even the tallest tower in the world, new TOKYO SKY TREE Tembo Galleria at 400m higher from the ground (¥3000 = about £24.15)! Over 17,500 people had already registered to secure tickets in advance of their release today. Wow. If you are a budget traveller or think this is a rip-off, check here for alternative ideas to enjoy London’s skyline.
Heatherwick Studioは、革新的技術と素材を用いた公共記念建造物や3次元作品で有名なイギリス人インダストリアル・デザイナー、Thomas Heatherwick（トーマス・ヘザーウィック）が1994年に設立した。かのサー・テレンス・コンランがヘザーウィックを「Leonardo da Vinci of our times（現代のレオナルド・ダ・ビンチ）」呼んだそうだが、ちょっとそれは大げさとしても、彼の作品は創造性に富み、見ていて楽しい。ただ展示室であるporter gallery（ポーター・ギャラリー）は狭すぎて、展示品は模型や写真が多いにしても、彼の作品の型破りなスケールが表現しきれていない気がする。
Heatherwick Studio is a London-based design and architecture studio, founded in 1994 by Thomas Heatherwick, who is an English industrial designer known for innovative use of engineering and materials in public monuments and sculptures. It is said that Sir Terence Conran called Heatherwick as the “Leonardo da Vinci of our times”. It is a bit of an exaggeration, but his works are creative and fun. The porter gallery where the exhibition is taken place, is too small for his large scale works, even for its prototype and photos, and a bit claustrophobic.
Central Saint Giles is a mixed-use development (residence, office and commercial spaces) on the east of Tottenham Court Road station. Designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano as his first work in UK, the façades of this building complex is covered by 134,000 green, orange, lime and yellow glazed terracotta tiles. Due to its excellent location, many housing units are reported to have been sold to buyers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia seeking accommodation for visits to London and for their children who study here. The development has been designed with a number of features intended to reduce its environmental impact: biomass boilers which provide 80% of the heating and hot water; re-use of the water discharged from the cooling tower for irrigation systems and the flushing toilets; planted roof terraces to absorb rainfall.
The commercial spaces were hardly occupied at the beginning, but little by little the spaces have been filled up by restaurants and cafés – Jamie Oliver (again!) ‘s British Union Jack, our favorite hamburger Byron, Brasilian street food Cabana, ZizziItalian, café with yummy sweets Peyton & Byrne, and ‘healthy’ fast food Pod (opening soon). Mostly chains and nothing special, but the complex is located in the heart of London and the restaurants are large and have lots of seating, so it may be useful when you can’t find any place to eat – or if you are a big fan of Jamie and wants to contribute to his business!
9月17日から25日まで、毎年恒例のLondon Design Festival 2011（ロンドン・デザイン・フェスティバル）が開催中。ロンドンのあちこちに点在する、美術館、デザイン事務所、ショップ、ギャラリーなどの参加施設の前に立てられた、フェスティバルのアイコンである赤い立て看板を、よく目にする。フェスティバルに参加しているヴィクトリア&アルバート博物館（V&A）でも期間中、インスタレーションやトーク、ワークショップなどのスペシャルイベントが行われている（詳細はV&Aウェブサイトで）。
London Design Festival 2011 came back to the city – from September 17 to 25, you see a festval’s icon, red signboard in front of the participating organizations such as museums, design firms, shops, and galleries, all over London. Victoria & Albert Museum is also a part of the festival and visitors can enjoy commissioned installations and displays as well as special events, talks and workshops throughout the period (details are at V&A website).
A gigantic installation of ‘Timber Wave‘ by Amanda Levete Architects and Arup (September 17 – October 15) at the Cromwell Road entrance is one of the highlight at the V&A festival program. The three-dimensional latticework spiral is made of American red oak, using lamination techniques normally used in furniture making, and applied to create a piece 12m high. It has un-treelike flexibility and treelike vitality – spectacular.