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Brief Published: 25 Jul 2017

London to Singapore: Summer Pavilions 2017

Summer Pavilions 2017

Pavilions have become a seasonal landmark on the design calendar. These structures enable architects and designers to experiment with materials and concepts on a temporary and reduced scale. Here’s our pick of this year’s designs. 

  • Pavilion Martell de SelgasCano, Cognac: The temporary pavilion, created by Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucìa Cano, undulates across the vast courtyard of cultural centre Fondation d’enterprise Martell. The design is based on a linear metal framework and covered by a translucent material that offers a soft and changing light throughout the day. Inflatable seats within the structure create different sized spaces that can be used by visitors or for events throughout the season.

  • Serpentine Pavilion, London: Burkina Faso-born architect Francis Kéré’s design is inspired by nature, featuring a large overhanging roof that references a tree’s canopy. The structure is designed to interact and respond to the changing British weather. It offers shade and allows air circulation when it is hot and sunny – and when it rains, water funnels into the centre of the structure, creating an incredible waterfall effect. This is then collected and used for irrigation in surrounding Hyde Park. 

  • Soft Dome, Singapore: Situated in the rotunda space of Singapore’s National Museum, Soft Dome is a giant netted structure that visitors can climb inside. The design, by French studio Atelier YokYok, is aimed at the many families that visit the museum during the annual Children’s Season Singapore festival during the summer holidays. It encourages visitors to connect with the architecture of the building, helping them to experience the space in a new way.

For more outdoors design inspiration, see The Innovative Outdoors.