The London Design Festival never fails to transform an already interesting city into a treasure trove of installations. This year, in true form, it features designs by big names in architecture and design, with David Chipperfield Architects’ design for Size + Matter one of the most notable.
Size + Matter pairs designers with materials / manufacturing processes so that the dynamics between design and materiality can be explored. This year’s material is Sefar Architecture Vision fabric, a metal-coated fabric mesh sandwiched between two sheets of glass to give a translucent / reflective effect that is black on one side and metallic on the the other.
This unusual material has been used by the architects to create a sculptural pavilion that plays with the orientation of the different surfaces of the glass to make full use of both it’s translucent and reflective qualities. Unframed laminated glass panels create simple vertical elements that visitors can move through, each time having a different experience depending on time of day and levels of activity.
The delicate, complementing relationship between the installation and its host site, the Royal Festival Hall, becomes apparent both in the designers drawings and in the physical manifestation of the design.
(Images via Dezeen)