AF SERIES BEGINS
Up-and-coming practice 6a Architects has been chosen to design a new summer house for the Architecture Foundation's gallery in Old Street, east London. Drawn up in collaboration with fashion design duo Eley Kishimoto, the 6.3m-tall Hairywood tower will be the first of the foundation's year-long series of installations at The Yard gallery. The temporary structure, which will officially open on 14 July, will create a new entrance to the courtyard, and visitors to the gallery will be able to 'watch the world go by' from a small public space at the top. Inspired by Jacques Tati's 1953 fi lm Les Vacances de M. Hulot, the structure will be clad in laser-cut plywood and, at night, will be lit from within. During the day the 'Rapunzel's hair' pattern will allow dappled light into the interior. Elias Redstone, the gallery's curator, said: 'While it's up, the tower will add something fantastic to Old Street. It's a beacon on an otherwise indistinct patch of London - a marker for the Architecture Foundation.' After its two-month stay, the tower will be dismantled and sold. The foundation is understood to be in talks with a number of interested parties to buy the structure.