Frida Escobedos 2018 Serpentine Pavilion unveiled in London

June 14, 2018 by  
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Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has unveiled this year’s Serpentine Pavilion —a dark and porous envelope that wraps around an inner courtyard with a shallow pool of water. Located on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, the temporary summer pavilion is built with walls of concrete roofing tiles stacked together in a staggered formation on steel poles. The open voids in the stacked tile walls give Escobedo’s pavilion a sense of lightness by allowing natural light and views to pass through. At 38, Escobedo is the youngest architect ever tapped for the design of the annual Serpentine Pavilion. She is also the first solo woman selected for the commission since Zaha Hadid , who designed the first pavilion in 2000. For the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, now in its 18th iteration, Escobedo took inspiration from domestic Mexican architecture and British materials. An enclosed courtyard —a common feature in Mexican houses—forms the heart of the pavilion, which comprises two rectangular volumes set on a north axis in a nod to the Prime Meridian, a global standard for time and geographic distance. In contrast, the outer walls of the pavilion are aligned with the Serpentine Gallery’s east facade. Escobedo designed lattice-like walls of British-made cement roof tiles that take inspiration from Mexico’s traditional breeze walls, known as celosia. The mirrored underside of the canopy and the triangular pool on the ground reflect the movement of light and shadow to heighten visitors’ awareness of their surroundings. Related: Diébédo Francis Kéré’s rainwater-harvesting 2017 Serpentine Pavilion unveiled in London today “My design for the Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is a meeting of material and historical inspirations inseparable from the city of London itself and an idea which has been central to our practice from the beginning: the express of time in architecture through inventive use of everyday materials and simple forms,” Escobedo said. “For the Pavilion, we have added the materials of light and shadow, reflection and refraction, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the passage of the day.” The Serpentine Pavilion opens June 15 and will run until October 7, 2018. + Frida Escobedo Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan

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Mirrored home in the woods is hidden in plain sight

January 3, 2018 by  
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Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao has hidden part of a holiday home inside a forest by cladding it in mirrored glass . With a footprint of just under 2,200 square feet, Los Terrenos (Spanish for “The Terrains”) comprises three structures, each built with one of three main materials: mirrored glass, earth, or wood. Despite the diversity in construction materials, beautiful and complementary modern interiors are woven throughout the experimental residence. Located on a forested slope in Monterrey, Los Terrenos currently comprises two structures—the third, which will be built of wood and elevated for treetop views, has yet to be built. The larger of the two completed buildings is clad in mirrored glass and houses an open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen in a double-height space. The one-way mirrors gives the building a greenhouse feel with floor-to-ceiling views of the forest. Related: Tatiana Bilbao’s $8,000 house could help solve Mexico’s social housing shortage The private areas consisting of two bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the L-shaped building built of clay brick and rammed earth placed diagonally opposite of the mirrored structure. A gorgeous chevron-shaped clay-brick wall in the bedrooms stylistically matches the chevron -shaped ceramic divider found in living room and the paver patterns on the paths around the residence. The bedrooms also look out to sweeping views of the forest. + Tatiana Bilbao Via Architectural Record Images by Rory Gardiner

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Mirrored pavilion all but disappears into nature

January 2, 2018 by  
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Portuguese architecture agency depA has hidden a pavilion in plain sight. This camouflaged structure, clad in mirrored panels, appears to disappear into the lush green landscape and houses an impressive artwork for those who manage to find their way inside. Located in Porto’s Serralves Park, the aptly named Liquid Pavilion is a temporary installation belonging to the famed Serralves Museum, Portugal’s leading contemporary art museum. The mirrored Liquid Pavilion reflects images of the lake and lush foliage, rendering it nearly invisible to passersby. The architects designed the pavilion to evoke the form of the Serralves Museum, designed by Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. ”The pavilion uses the Museum building and the Serralves Park as its raw material in different scales with one and the other,” wrote depA. “The pavilion’s design is a polygon extracted from the Museum’s layout, corresponding to one of its characteristic spaces — the bow window — whose classic hexagonal matrix is repeated and emerges at various times throughout the Park, both in the pavements and the landscape features.” Related: Tiny Mirrored Cabin Reflects the Ontario Landscape The pavilion’s placement in the landscape and use of reflective material makes it a visual bridge between the museum and park, at once relating to the museum with its form while simultaneously blending into the landscape. The pavilion’s “concave polygonal” layout makes the interior suitable for projecting films, like the currently featured piece “ O Peixe ” by Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andre . The pavilion was commissioned as one of the museum’s five temporary structures for the architectural exhibition Live Uncertainty, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo that runs through February 18. + depA Via ignant Images via José Campos

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Gorgeous Spiegel Haus uses mirrors to reflect daylight within the home

June 9, 2015 by  
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Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness

October 28, 2013 by  
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For six months of every year, a remote valley village in southern Norway lives in perpetual darkness. But now, thanks to three 183 square foot reflecting mirrors installed atop a 437 yard high mountainside overlooking Rjukan, the village’s 3,500 residents will finally be able to enjoy the winter sun for the first time since the community was founded over 100 years ago. Read the rest of Giant Mirrors Reflect Artificial Sunlight onto Norwegian Village Previously Bathed in Darkness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial sun , green technology , Heliostatic system , mirror array , Mirror Project , norsk hydro , norway , Rjukan , Sam Eyde , Sun reflecting mirror system in Norway , UNESCO World Heritage Sites        

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Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia

October 28, 2013 by  
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Ethiopia recently unveiled Africa’s largest wind farm! The 120 MW Ashegoda Wind Farm cost the French firm Vergnet SA $290 million to build, and it’s just one part of a greater plan to boost energy production from 2,000 MW to 10,000 MW within the next five years. The facility will help to reduce the occurrence of blackouts in Africa’s second most populous country while diversifying Ethiopia’s energy portfolio and bolstering the country’s role as a key exporter of energy within the region. Read the rest of Africa’s Largest Wind Farm Now Online in Ethiopia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african wind farm , Ashegoda Wind Farm , BNP Paribas , Ethiopia diversifies energy production , ethiopia geothermal energy potential , Ethiopia hydropower potential , ethiopian electric power corporation , Ethiopian Prime Minister , French Development Agency (AFD) , Hailemariam Desalegn , Vergnet SA        

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