Mesmerizing building explores the past, present, and future of energy

April 12, 2017 by  
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London-based architect Asif Khan just unveiled plans for a mesmerizing building that explores the evolution of energy since the beginning of time. The massive cylindrical pavilion takes visitors on a computer-generated tour that starts with the origins of energy and ends with present-day sustainable energy production . The project will serve as the UK pavilion at the Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan. Khan’s pavilion, We Are Energy, uses sound and animation to depict the creation of energy from the beginning of time. As visitors enter the 2,200 square-meter pavilion , a computer-generated simulation of the world is projected onto a 360-degree screen. At the center of the structure is an illuminated canopy – a nod to human ingenuity. Related: UN Studio pavilion in Amsterdam rises like a bioluminescent creature from the deep The architect worked in collaboration with Catherine Heymans, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh , to develop the scientific timeline of the presentation, which is broken up into four sections: the “expansion of the universe”, “human ingenuity, “landscape and nature” and “UK innovation”. Each section has its own specific soundscape composed by musician Brian Eno. The pavilion’s ethos fits in perfectly with the theme for the Astana Expo 2017, which is the “Future Energy.” Khan’s says that the pavilion seeks to promote the development of sustainable energy sources and technologies: “The universe was formed 13.8 billion years ago. At that moment all energy and matter was in the same place at the same time. The idea that everything, including life on earth, is comprised of this archaic energy is fascinating to me.” “I wanted to find a way to express this relationship to our visitors and explore how energy is being continually harnessed and balanced around us,” he added. + Asif Khan Via Dezeen

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The four fascinating Summer Houses accompanying this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

June 8, 2016 by  
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When Asif Khan discovered Queen Caroline’s Temple was originally designed to catch the sun’s rays on the queen’s birthday, he decided his structure would form a line from the sun as it rises to Queen Caroline’s Temple, with 100 wooden posts surrounding two aluminum discs. Khan told Dezeen, “In my pavilion, these two pieces of polished aluminium recall that lost reflection of light into the space and connect the vista with the past and present.” Related: BIG unveils dreamlike ‘unzipped’ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London Founders of Barkow Leibinger Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger drew inspiration from a mechanically-rotating structure designed by the same architect who designed Queen Caroline’s Temple. Their Summer House, constructed with wood , curves and twists and appears different depending on a viewer’s perspective. Barkow told Dezeen they view their Summer House as a prototype for a potential future project. He said, “…it was really about looping as a way of doing something, a way of making something that could have a structural and spatial idea…it’s something we could expand upon.” Kunlé Adeyemi , founder of NLÉ, designed an “inversion,” offering a modern take on Queen Caroline’s Temple by distorting the original design . He said he essentially played with the form of the temple to evoke a “playful, contemporary interpretation.” For his Summer House, Yona Friedman built on a project he’s been working on for years. Ville Spatiale is a concept for futuristic housing that allows occupants to design their own homes. Friedman used wire in his temporary exhibit, referencing his project from the 1950’s. The Summer Houses and the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will open to the public later this week until October 9, 2016. + Asif Khan + Barkow Leibinger + Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ + Yona Friedman Via Dezeen Images courtesy of Serpentine Galleries , © Iwan Baan

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Asif Kahn’s Spectacular Furniture Made from Flowers

February 13, 2010 by  
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No longer a background flower, designer Asif Khan  has taken the subdued aesthetic of Gypsophila  (better known as Baby’s Breath) and let it bloom into something splendid to sit on. Kahn began working with the flora when he was challenged by the Design Museum in London  to create something special with London’s local plant life as a base material. What resulted was “Harvest,” a breathtaking series of furniture in which the sturdy is fused with the delicate, and the bland becomes something spectacular. Read the rest of Asif Kahn’s Spectacular Furniture Made from Flowers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , asif Khan , freeze dried , Gypsophila , living furniture , London , london museum of design , plant furniture

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