Serpentine Pavilion 2014 Smiljan Radić
"Occupying a footprint of some 514 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo - part of which is supported by large boulders.
The 2014 Pavilion is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a café sited inside. Visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four month tenure in the Park. On selected Friday nights, between July and September, the Pavilion will become the stage for the Galleries’ Park Nightsseries, sponsored by COS: eight site-specific events bringing together art, poetry, music, film, literature and theory and including three new commissions by emerging artists Lina Lapelyte, Hannah Perry and Heather Phillipson.” [via]
Images by Iwan Baan
Key Savings and Loan Association, 1960
House of Genesee, 1963
Born in Clayton, New Mexico in 1921. The first home Charles Deaton can remember is a tent. He was only three when his family of five moved from Arkansas to a 10-acre farm in Oklahoma, with all their possessions loaded in a wagon, pulled by a horse and followed by a cow. Before they finished building a simple one-room house on their new farm, the Deaton family would spend two winters living in a tent on the open Oklahoma plains. The youngest occupant of that tent went on to become a self-taught but internationally-acclaimed architect, as well as an industrial designer, sculptor and inventor. Young Charles delivered newspapers in order to buy books and clothing for high school and to buy supplies to teach himself commercial art at night. By age 16, he was supporting himself entirely from his newfound craft. A specialist in commercial rather than residential architecture, Deaton has designed projects in 36 states and Canada, including the Wyoming National Bank in Casper and the Key Savings Building in Denver. He also was architect for the two-stadium Harry S. Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City.
Francesco Borromini-Palazzo Spada, 1632 Roma
Nehemiah Grew. Anatomy of Plants. 1680.
C. Richard Leavengood Residence, St. Petersburg, FL, 1951
Architects: Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell. Photos by Ezra Stoller/ Esto