Naoshima, a 3.15-square-mile island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, has become a must-see destination for art and architecture aficionados. The island is known for its contemporary art museums designed by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, which house a number of site-specific installations by James Turrell, Walter De Maria, and Yayoi Kusama, among others. In March, Sou Fujimoto was added to the list of acclaimed creators when his firm completed an ethereal metal-mesh pavilion on the waterfront. Sou Fujimoto is one of several Japanese architects participating in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial this fall.
The Royal Pavilion was built as a fashionable seaside retreat for the Prince Regent (later George IV). It’s a remarkable building: outwardly an Indian-style palace, its interiors are styled after palaces of the Far East. Find out more
- Duggan Morris Architects have been selected by Crossrail and The City of
London to develop proposals for a new cafe pavilion in the heart of
Finsbury Circus. Part of the site contains a significant functioning
access shaft serving the construction of Crossrail. Working in
collaboration with Tom Stuart-Smith who is developing a new landscape
scheme, the project is currently at a feasibility stage to include site
analysis and the exploration of programmatic typologies which best
respond to this important central London green space.
The New Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Surprises With a Cafe at Its Center
In the same month that Carsten Holler has transformed London’s South Bank into the cultural equivalent of a theme park (giant slides are the centerpiece of his Hayward Gallery show, “Decision”) comes on of the most playful and unpretentious Serpentine Gallery Pavillions in its 15-year history.