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CRITIC'S CHOICE

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When Mendelsohn and Chermayeff's De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea opened, the Architectural Review (July 1936) said 'it gives us some glimpse of what a sensibly planned and seaside resort might be' - in retrospect, rather cautious praise for one of this country's early Modern landmarks. Now John McAslan + Partners is close to completing an £8m restoration of the building; above is the De La Warr's north face, patterned by sealant injections to protect the steel frame.

The pavilion should open to the public this September, but anyone wanting to see work in progress can take a hardhat tour on Thursday 23 June, at 18.00, as part of this year's Architecture Week. There are so many events planned across the country that it's rather arbitrary to single any out, but as Charles Jencks' new book, The Iconic Building, is reviewed on page 215, it's worth mentioning his lecture at the RIAS in Edinburgh, also on 23 June at 18.00. Visit www. architectureweek.org. uk for details of everything on offer from 17-26 June.

With holidays in prospect, some shows abroad catch the eye. Jean Nouvel is the subject - and also the curator - of an exhibition at the Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, near Copenhagen, until 18 September. Interviewed in last week's AJ, Nouvel kept bringing the conversation back to context, and this new show aims to demonstrate how his architecture 'merges with the spirit of place'. (I wonder how his Agbar Tower in Barcelona does that? ) Not that a pretext is necessary to visit Louisiana, with its exemplary fusion of architecture, landscape and art, and a collection that includes large colourfield paintings by the forgotten but wonderful Morris Louis, and one of Richard Serra's most successful outdoor sculptures.

Also in Scandinavia - at the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä, Finland, until 7 August - is A Thousand and One Nights: A Thousand and One Sites, which presents a small selection of Aalto's 250 or so unrealised projects.

It's unlikely, though, to provoke a reassessment of Aalto, whereas the current retrospective at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, until 29 August, has done just that for Robert MalletStevens. 'A master of space and light who deserves a place among the immortals, ' wrote Peter Davey (AJ 12.5.05).

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