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First look: AA summer pavilion


This year’s Architectural Association (AA) summer pavilion in Bedford Square, London, is unveiled tomorrow (3 July).

The competition-winning installation, Driftwood, comprises 28 layers of plywood and was conceived by 3rd year AA student Danecia Sibingo.

The sculpture was fabricated at Hooke Park, the AA’s 350-acre campus and workshop in West Dorset where the 2006 winning Fractal pavilion is permanently installed.

Sibingo was helped by a team that includes Lyn Hayek, Yoojin Kim, and Taeyoung Lee on the pavilion which was, according to the school, takes its inspiration from the sea.

See pages 41-45 of this week’s Architects Journal for reviews of this year’s student exhibitions.


Readers' comments (7)

  • 'Takes its inspiration from the sea'? Or from 'the Zaha Hadid'?

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  • its the same old stuff every year from the AA...the masters of Rhino, or some other 3d package win rather than a challenging, architecturally or culturally thought-provocking piece...

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  • Ho hum... something swirly made of wood. The AA has really gone downhill in terms of its originality. Is that school even capable of original thought and/or execution?

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  • Takes it inspiration from the Cream nightclub logo in Manchester, more like! Its funny, I attended the AA Summer School in 2004, and there was one unit who was absolutely obsessed with the "Cream" logo form. I wouldn't be surprised if it were her influence that has spilled over into this 'pavilion'.

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  • my bad. Cream in Liverpool, I meant.

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  • But it's sustainable! From the press release: "Driftwood consists of an internal, sustainable spruce ‘Kerto’ plywood structure supplied by ecological Finnish timber suppliers FinnForest and adheres to a target of minimal material wastage."

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  • Perhaps the haters should re-think the paradigm AA pavillions communicate. If they were to learn "Rhino or some other 3d package" they might understand why the AA is keen to promte (through wonderful pavillions) the use of digital media, advanced CAD/CAM, as a basis for more intelligent design. It's just a sculpture, but the processes are forward thinking, maybe if you could do better as i say learn Rhino

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