Small scale – great architecture: the Design Museum, which recently reopened at its spectacular new location on Kensington High Street, includes a BauBuche pavilion installed in its courtyard. It consists of a double curved construction mimicking the hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure of the museum building.
„Pavilion” in detail
|Proprietor||Design Museum London|
|Location||224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, UK|
|Timber construction||Jan Chiechanowicz with a group of students from the Royal College of Art|
|Photographers||Clementine Blakemore, Thea Hallak, Youmee Hwang, David Colombini, Emily Clark|
Thanks to its downscaled size, the pavilion enables visitors to experience the architecture of the actual museum building. The pavilion demonstrates how straight elements can be combined to achieve attractive curved shapes. The slim dimensions and the unique surface finish of BauBuche highlight the structural features. When entering the pavilion, the eyes of visitors are guided by the thin veneer layers of the material that emphasise the regular ribbed structure of the construction. BauBuche beams form the supporting structure, which is protected against the elements by fibreglass sheets.
The architect Clementine Blakemore is full of praise for BauBuche:
„BauBuche is a marvellous product. Thanks to its structural strength, we have been able to build a timber construction of more elegant and slimmer dimensions than would have been possible with conventional timber materials. As BauBuche is free of knots and cracks, everything could be perfectly planned without any wastage when it came to cutting to size and machining. I love BauBuche and will definitely use it again in future projects!”