Two mini-pavilions, designed by Chetwood Associates and David Morley Architects, to be erected in Clerkenwell
Designs were unveiled this week for two mini-pavilions that are to be erected in the run-up to the London Architecture Biennale, which starts on 16 June.
The two relocatable structures are to be temporarily situated within a few steps of each other in Clerkenwell, just north of the City.
Within Clerkenwell Square itself the flower-like Urban Oasis has been designed and will be developed by Laurie Chetwood. His practice, Chetwood Associates, overlooks the square.
Urban Oasis has been designed to open up like a flower and at the same time light up and broadcast sounds and even aromas. Once open, the petals are intended "to stimulate people's senses" by providing a water feature, a performance area, an aromatic garden and an information point. Price & Myers is the structural engineer.
Around the corner, within the churchyard of St James Church, will stand a rounded steel canopy designed by David Morley Architects, whose office lies a few blocks away, together with artists Tom Dixon and Martyn Ware.
Morley Architects has conceived its building as "a multi-sensory and experiential pavilion", which will include sound recordings of people's opinions about the area. It will comprise a steel shell supported on a steel framework.
The free-standing structure will be powered by a wind turbine and flexible photovoltaic panels. Arup is the environmental engineer and WSP is structural engineer.
The biennale will run concurrently with the UK's 10th annual Architecture Week, which begins on 16 June and will involve events across the UK.