Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Monday, 19 August 2013

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 by Sou Fujimoto





Last Tuesday I went to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, this was my fourth visit to the gallery, I say that although I think I have only ever been inside the gallery once. I usually go to see the pavilion design which is usually located outside the gallery. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is one of the most enterprising architectural programmes that happens annually. Every year in the summer since 2000 a highly acclaimed architect or designer is commissioned to create a temporary structure for the public, what they call the 'pavilion'. Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto was invited to create this year's pavilion.





From a distance the pavilion looked like a massive translucent but very much visible virtual cloud casually sitting on 10 acres of grass, I knew my mind wasn't playing tricks on me as I had read and seen pictures of this year's pavilion before hand, but that in all honesty is what it looked like from a far. Its almost surreal looking at it from the outside as you can clearly see people are sitting randomly in both the interior and exterior, what looks to the ordinary person as people sitting on thin air? However I knew there is no way that could be the case. The the outlining of the pavilion is out of steel (painted white) and glass designed for the square seats and steps. In Fujimoto's design statement he mentions how the greenery of the surroundings was his starting inspiration and the idea of creating a transparent structure that somehow blends in with the surroundings should then initiates an organic yet artificial landscape that can be used in a versatile way by the public. He pulls this off as inside the pavilion the space is used as a social area, with all sorts of people and different age groups congregating there, where refreshments are currently sold within by a sponsoring brand. Whilst I was in the pavilion I was thinking what else the space could be used for and what came to mind varied from performance space to workshop area. I admired the consistency and use of one colour as the few coffee tables and chairs in place are stained the same white as the fine steel bars influencing the calm and collective atmosphere. The circular discs roofing out of Perspex cleverly tiling each other, replicating the leaves the motion of the tree leaves as the wind came also plays its part.







I've only seen the last 4 pavilions but I think Sou Fujimoto's cloud is the most impressive. The experience is eye opening and interactive compared to previous Pavilions as you are able explore the site in a diverse way from different viewpoints creating more of a personal experience.



The pavilion will be on display for a while (until mid October) and is free admission why not check it out and make up your mind about Sou Fujimoto's Pavilion 2013.






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Monday, 5 August 2013

WIRELESS vs LOVEBOX! - Battle of the Festivals




Battle of the Festivals..

I know both of these festivals took place last month, however I didn't have a blog back then so there is no better time to review them than now!


WIRELESS BABY!
Suit & Tie? :Would have ben nice if they stuck to the dress code of their titled tour..

WIRELESS:


I had never been to a festival until this summer Wireless was the first (14/7/13) at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I went to the Sunday show, the best line up if you ask me. Not only did I see my one of my favourite female vocals of the moment Jessie Ware ( her album 'Devotion' is my car album, one to listen to when your in traffic defiently! Calm's me down for sure) do her thing, I got to see the what they called 'The Legends of the summer' - Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. Now when the news first broke that these 2 were doing a collaborative 'Suit and Tie' tour together. I wasn't all for it,  I just didn't see the point. Jay Z had just finished WTT with Kanye West and Justin Timberlake was finally back on the scene after what felt like a very long time!.. Anyway I'm going off topic lets just say they proved me very wrong! The red dressed stage set really gave the festival feel especially in the heat! It was simple but it worked. Both Jay-Z and JT sang their classics and new material. I couldn't believe Jay-Z sang rapped 3 songs from most recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Justin sang most songs off of the '20/20 experience' as well my favourites from his very first album 'Justified' he performed Like I love You, Senorita and Cry Me A River, it took me back a little to think these tunes were released 11 years ago. I really enjoyed the collaborations amongst them. For Jay-Z's track 'New York' they 2 added a new twist, mixing the song with Justin singing the vocals of Frank Sinatra's New York for the intro and closing of the original which features Alicia Keys. Other collaborations of the night included Rihanna ( who was dancing away like 3 metres in front of me! - yes I was front row, I still don't know how we managed that one) as she perform Run This Town with Jay before the two gentleman closed Wireless Festival 2013 with JT's comeback debut track Suit and Tie. 90's hip hop duo A Tribe Called Quest also smashed it with their set coming back on to the stage after an encore. As for Nas I can't believe the man is 40! He's still got it and was a energetic crowd pleaser taking people back with old tracks like One Mic and If I Ruled The World. A$AP Rocky was another real entertainer, as he shared ASAP Rocky flags to the crowd and got the crowd hype for the rest of the day, as you can imagine the audience went crazy as he finished his set with 'Fxckin Problem'.
Nas
Long.Live.A$AP







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