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2019 has been a centre stage for modern architecture creations, with the purpose of entertaining events, festivals, and various occasions around the world. Take a look at the 10 Best Modern Architecture Creations that caught our eye over the past 12 months.
Steam-bent Timber Pavilion at Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019
In September, the 5th edition of the Tallinn architecture biennale (TAB 2019) opened in Estonia, with a host of modern architecture creations presented under the theme ‘beauty matters’. Curated by London-based architect Yael Reisner, the festival celebrates architecture’s aesthetic experience and aims to ‘elevate the status of beauty in response to alienating and ecologically unfit built environments’. Outside the biennale’s main venue, the museum of Estonian architecture stands one of the event’s most eye-catching projects — a steam-bent timber pavilion.
Pavilion by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Echos Its Milanese Surroundings
In April, Chilean architecture studio Pezo Von Ellrichshausen created a pavilion within Milan’s baroque Palazzo Litta, described as a ‘direct echo of its historical surroundings’. Conceived for the 2019 edition of Milan Design Week, the modern architecture structure directly related to the dimensions and proportions of its historic setting, which was completed in 1761. The enclosure, which remained open to the sky, repeated the square ratio of the courtyard with four entrance points providing access to a central room.
Selgascano’s 2015 Serpentine Pavilion Re-Opens in Los Angeles
The 2015 serpentine pavilion, originally constructed in London’s Kensington Gardens, travelled to the United States where it was rebuilt at LA’s La Brea Tar Pits. Designed by Spanish architecture studio Selgascano, the temporary pavilion is an immersive, chrysalis-like structure covered in a translucent, multi-coloured fabric membrane — allowing the public to experience modern architecture through shape, light, transparency, and materials.
Junya Ishigami Tops 2019 Serpentine Pavilion With Slate Roof Canopy
The 2019 Serpentine Pavilion, the temporary structure erected each year in London’s Hyde Park, opened in June. The pavilion was designed by Junya Ishigami — known for his modern architecture structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena. ‘my design for the pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasizing a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks,’ explained the Japanese architect.
Francis Kéré’s Coachella Installation Comprises 12 Colourful Towers
Architect Francis Kéré is one of a number of creatives that brought their talents to the colorado desert for the annual Coachella Festival. As part of the event, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary, a series of specially-commissioned, large-scale, sculptural installations was created, as well as a number of immersive, multimedia experiences that embraced the visual arts, fashion, and architectural practice.
BUGA Fibre Pavilion Made With Robotically-Produced Fibre Composites
The University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) again teamed up to design and fabricate (with the help of robots) a pavilion made from advanced fibre composites. Embedded within the landscape of a park in the German city of Heilbronn, the structure combines cutting-edge computational technologies with constructional principles found in nature to create a modern architecture construction.
Anagram Architects Constructs ‘People’s Pavilion’ for Kochi-Muziris Biennale
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) is billed as ‘the largest contemporary art festival in asia’. Every two years, a series of abandoned factories and warehouses in the Indian state of Kerala are repurposed as galleries and cafés that host a variety of activity. Additionally, a pavilion is constructed to host performance and cinematic art at fort Kochi-Mattancherry’s Cabral Yard — a one-acre campus full of large trees. On this occasion, curator Anita Dube commissioned new Delhi-based firm Anagram Architects to design a modern architecture creation.
Glenn Murcutt’s MPavilion 2019 in Melbourne
In November, MPavilion 2019, the sixth instalment of an ongoing series of architect-designed summer pavilions, opened in Melbourne, Australia. The modern architecture creation has been designed by Glenn Murcutt — the 2002 recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Inspired by Murcutt’s 50-year career, MPavilion 2019 celebrates Australian Design and identity with a free four-month season of events from November 14, 2019, to March 22, 2020.
Studio Marco Vermeulen Builds Wooden Biobasecamp Pavilion
For Dutch Design Week 2019, studio Marco Vermeulen brought ‘the wooden revolution’ to Ketelhuisplein in Eindhoven with the ‘biobasecamp’ pavilion. Built using timber, the project showcased the structural possibilities of the material in an effort to encourage a new era of environmentally-friendly construction.
NUDES Fabricates The ‘Bookworm’ Pavilion To Foster A Love Of Reading
Design Studio NUDES used modern architecture to tackle the issue of illiteracy in India. The project — which is aptly titled ‘bookworm’ — takes the form of a deployable pavilion that has been erected on a site in Mumbai. Designed to create an interactive learning space, the main concept behind the intervention is to encourage children to enjoy reading, in line with the UN’s sustainable development goal for ‘all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, to achieve literacy and numeracy’ by 2030.
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