BIG’s Serpentine Pavilion and summer houses

There is a delicate neo-classical building on a little hill in the middle of Kensington Gardens nestled in thick grass and wild flowers and with views over the Long Water. You can see Henry Moore’s Arch across the water from here. I often run in Kensington Gardens stopping briefly by this romantic summer house. There is an old tree to its right – the trunk is a good size and perfect for a hand stand. Upside-down, the summer house is even more... Read More

Archibet, from Aalto to Zaha Hadid

A charming little book arrived here this week. Archibet is the work of the Italian architect and graphic designer Federico Babina who has set about creating an alphabet book inspired by some of the world’s most talented architects. Designed as postcards, each of the 26 pages is dedicated to an alphabet and a corresponding creative from Alvar Aalto to Zaha Hadid. Admittedly, even though the British architect is often referred to by her first name,... Read More

Nouvel in New York

In Manhattan it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how a new building can truly impress – it’s certainly no easy task competing with oldies like the Empire State or new towers like the Beekman. But nestled in the very western corner where Chelsea meets the Meatpacking District is Jean Nouvel’s latest offering – 100 11 Avenue. The 23-storey residential tower sits alongside the Chelsea Piers and the Hudson River, and easily holds... Read More

Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Pavilion

These are pictures of the latest Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. This is the 10th commission for the annual event in London that has become an international hotbed for architectural experimentation. Nouvel’s design is a vivid red structure that dramatically clashes with and enhances the bright green colour of its Hyde Park setting. The red is also intended to reflect the iconic British postbox and London... Read More