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Carmody Groarke completes UK pavilion for Mexico literary festival

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The UK’s pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara, Mexico opened this week

Designed by Carmody Groarke, the temporary structure celebrates the UK’s connections with Mexico at the huge Spanish-language literary festival which runs until Sunday (6 December 2015). 

The pavilion, which is backed by the British Council, houses a a shop, a business area for publishers, exhibition spaces and an informal area for literary and music events. The UK is this year’s guest of honour at the show.

The FIL Guadalajara has become the most important Spanish-language publishing industry gathering in the world drawing more than 1,900 publishing houses from 43 different countries participate, alongside nearly 700 authors and over 750,000 visitors.

The pavilion is the biggest celebration of British creativity in arts, culture, innovation and business ever to take place in Mexico with events and projects across the country.

Speaking about Carmody Groarke’s appointment on the project back in January, the British Council’s soon-to-depart director of architecture, design and fashion Vicky Richardson, said: ’We were impressed by Carmody Groarke’s inspired response to the brief, which relates sensitively to the context of the Book Fair and also proposes a bold, flexible structure.’

Source: Marcos Garcia / British Council

Timelapse footage

Last year Carmody Groarke won the AJ Small Projects Prize for its temporary Maggie’s Centre in Merseyside. To find out how to your project under £250,000 into the 2016 awards, click here

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