Build Your Own Pavilion

Build Your Own Pavilion takes South West by Storm – part 1

Young Architects across the South West of the UK were thrilled to take part in our mobile workshops tour at four venues earlier in the month. From 9th – 12th July, the Kidesign team challenged young people to create their most innovative and original pavilion designs, for a chance to win our international competition.

First stop in the tour was in Wales at Chapter, Cardiff, a wonderful multi-artform space that is popular with families and culture vultures alike!

The designs were first-rate – we especially liked the use of colour and different textures. Phoebe, aged 10, designed a fun pavilion that reminded us of an animal – she told us her design (below, top left) would be built near water in real life so it would have a lovely view. Louis, aged 16, combined acetates to make his model (bottom left) to let lots of beautiful coloured light in.

Cardiff collage

Next up was a family mass-make at Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, Somerset – not only was there plenty of natural inspiration to be found in this idyllic landscape, but participants got to make their models within the famous Radić Pavilion!

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The Radić Pavilion was installed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in March 2015. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, this unique structure was commissioned as the Serpentine’s 2014 Pavilion. The Pavilion sits impressively behind the gallery buildings at the end of Oudolf Field – part of the gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf.


Radić Pavilion, designed by Smiljan Radić, 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2015. Photo: Ken Adlard

Talking about the ideas behind his Pavilion, Smiljan Radić has said:

“From the outside, visitors see a fragile shell in the shape of a hoop suspended on large quarry stones. Appearing as if they had always been part of the landscape these stones are used as supports, giving the pavilion on the one hand a physical weight and on the other holding a structure characterised by lightness and fragility. The shell, which is white, translucent and made of fibreglass, contains an interior that is organised around an empty patio at ground level, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating.”

Watch Smiljan taking on our model making challenge

Those two exciting days were just the beginning! We’ll be posting an update on the second half of the South West tour later in the week.

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