Bookies are currently divided on the winner of this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. With only one month to go until award night, betting website William Hill lists four buildings as having equal chances of winning and the remaining two behind with close odds.
‘Rem’, a new feature length documentary about internationally renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, will premier at the upcoming 73rd Venice Film Festival on Friday 9th September 2016, 5:30pm.
On show at the V&A until November is a small but significant retrospective on the work and legacy of Ove Arup (1895–1988), founder the largest company of engineers and architects in the world.
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion marked the final project of the gallery’s former co-director, Julia Peyton-Jones (who departed on 8th July) and also the debut of four new ‘Summer Houses’. These smaller installations were commissioned as a modern response to William Kent’s Queen Caroline’s Temple, a historical folly in Kensington Gardens. The finished designs are all curious-looking and fun to interact with, but some Summer Houses are more obviously connected to the Temple than others.
The main Pavilion is designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b.1975), the structure is simple but the experience is both immersive and impressive. Find out more on the gallery’s website; their short videos are particularly informative.
The new extension by Herzog & de Meuron opened to the public on Friday 17 June. Here are my photos from the Opening Weekend. The circulation around the Switch House feels natural and the staircases are very dramatic - but for such a large extension, there doesn't seem to be that many more galleries.
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