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1991

  • Work on this object began.

1992

  • Work on this object ended.

2015

2019

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Pavilion, 1991–1992

This is a Pavilion. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick. It is dated 1991–1992.

Can a student make a real building?
While studying design at Manchester Polytechnic, Heatherwick explored applying the ideas and craftsmanship usually devoted to small objects, such as chairs, to the larger scale of a building. He explored architectural forms compact enough to build himself, such as Victorian-era gazebos, before designing this pavilion. With a pitched roof that twists down to join the walls, the pavilion required Heatherwick to invent a glazing system of clear panels held together with screws, rubber sealing, and Velcro. The project — conceived as temporary yet on permanent display in Sussex— embodies the innovation and determination inherent to Heatherwick’s creative process.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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