Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents NEWS DESIGN
What's new in arts, design, architecture
and culture throughout London.
TEXT Emma Phillips
SUMMER TIME AT THE SERPENTINE
London locals and visitors alike flock each summer to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
-- a unique commission involving the building of a temporary structure designed by an
architect who does not have a completed project in the UK. This year, French architect
Jean Nouvel will construct a building of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings
and a free-standing wall climbing 12 metres above the lawn, sloping at a gravity-defying
angle. The entire design is rendered in a vivid red, an iconic London colour -- think
traditional telephone boxes, pillar boxes and double-decker buses -- that will pop out of the
green landscape of Kensington Gardens. The annual program, now in its 10th year, runs
July-Oc tober and incorporates public talks and late openings. There is also a cafe where
you can enjoy a co ee and a bite to eat. Visit serpentinegallery.org.
Photography Nick Kane Ateliers Jean Nouvel
lf-taught Danish designer Tom Rossau has come up with an ingenious solution for
all-space living. The TT01 convertible table folds from a co ee table into a dining t able
at seats up to 10. Made from sustainable bamboo, the folding mechanism is simple
d quick, making after-dinner dancing easy to get star ted. Available in this hemisphere
New Zealand (designdenmark.co.nz) for about A$3826. Visit tomrossau.dk.
BRIDGING THE GAP
The extraordinary Gap House in West London, nestled between two stucco villas,
is just 2.4 metres wide at the front, then spills into a spacious home at the rear.
Owner/architect Luke Tozer, of Pitman Tozer Architec ts, is behind the design,
which saw a derelict cottage behind the villas knocked down to create it. The
home has a rear elevation with a light-filled, double-height living space that wraps
around a courtyard. It cascades floor by floor. Clever! Visit pitmantozer.com.
A concept image of Jean Nouvel's dynamic
pavilion, which launches in July.
A 2.4-metre facade (left) spills into a
spacious home behind (here & below).
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