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Carmody Groarke scoops UK pavilion for Mexico arts festival

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Carmody Groarke has been picked to design the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) in Guadalajara Mexico

The structure will celebrate the UK’s connections with Mexico at the largest Spanish-language literary festival in the world (28 November to 6 December 2015).

Carmody Groarke has previously built several award-winning pavilions, including the temporary restaurant for Studio East Dining (see AJ 25.06.10), the Skywalk for the London Festival of Architecture and the ‘timber-lined rooms’ at the Frieze Art Fair (see AJ 12.10.11).

The UK pavilion at Guadalajara will house a range of uses including a shop for a bookselling partner, a business area for publishers, exhibition spaces and an informal area for literary and music events.

Speaking about the announcement Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke at Carmody Groarke, said: ‘We see this as an opportunity to make the UK pavilion a centrepiece for congregation, exhibition and debate within the book fair.’

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.

General Guadlajara

General Guadlajara

The UK Pavilion will be 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.

The practice, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize, has previous success working on temporary installations - the firm was commissioned to turn a disused filling station near Kings Cross into a temporary restaurant, cultural and social space.

Last year Carmody Groarke also reworked SOCA’s London Dresser scheme as an interim drop-in cancer centre for Maggie’s in Liverpool (see AJ 04.07.14).

David Elliott, British Council Head of UK in Mexico 2015, said: ‘Guadalajara will be a highlight and the culmination of our programme this year, and will showcase the high-quality, innovative, diverse and welcoming nature of British culture, both to Mexico and to the wider Latin American region.’

Vicky Richardson, British Council Director Architecture, Design, Fashion, 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. The pavilion will be the platform for the British literary programme at the Fair as well as representing British design excellence and innovation.’


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