Thursday, 1 July 2010

And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...

It did. The Arse that is, the 'Olympic Tower'.

And so I have updated the original post on this with fresh news. Yes, it's had further 'design input', now added to the mix is something which makes it appear the bastard love child of a Helter Skelter and an accident in a scaffolding pole factory.  This coily thing is from architect Kathryn Findlay, and it will glow in the dark, apparently. Well, why not.

Of course this hasn't as yet received planning permission, but no doubt that's a mere formality now, especially since Seb Coe, the starchitect of the whole 2012 Olympics thing,  has been made an Hon Fellow of RIBA. Even Prince Charles won't be able to prevent this happening,  more's the pity.

In the meanwhile, to get you aglow with excitement, you could cast an eye over the Nouvel Cuisine going up in Lunnon, the 2010 Serpentine Pavilion...

Nouvel’s body of work is unparalleled in its innovation and range. His approach is characterised by a conceptual rigour, rather than by an overarching aesthetic. He emphasises research, analysis and discussion, creating designs that are highly individual to each project. A key part of Nouvel’s process is his embrace of other disciplines, including music, literature and the moving image.


The design is a contrast of lightweight materials and dramatic metal cantilevered structures; the entire design is rendered in a vivid red that, in a play of opposites, contrasts with the green of its park setting. The colour reflects the iconic British images of traditional telephone boxes, post boxes and london buses. 
The building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12m above the lawn, sloping at a gravity defying angle. It experiments with the idea of play in its incorporation of the French tradition of outdoor table-tennis. Striking glass, polycarbonate and fabric structures create a versatile system of interior and exterior spaces. The flexible auditoria will accommodate the serpentine gallery park nights and marathon and the changing summer weather.

So basically, its a glorified marquee, only it's red. Very, very red. Oh yes, RED.  Inside, you will be flatteringly bathed in the sort of tinted light that makes you look like a boiled lobster.

And it has a wall which slopes, defying gravity.

Clearly, M Nouvel, in jolly japester mood,  experimenting with play, had been reading this post when he conceived this pavilion!

How to really confuse your party guests:

How to Defy Gravity in Ten Easy Steps!

Then there's ping-pong.

And that summer weather! What creative fun can be had in the park in the changing summer weather!

That one's temporary; as one red shiny glow in the dark thing goes down, another one will be going up. And up. And up.


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