Friday, February 27, 2009


David Adjaye - "Sclera" Size + Matter Pavilion, London, UK

A place with no specific activity, turns on a place with multiple activities, a freedom space made of wood in the London Design Festival 2008 at Southbank center.

David Adjaye is recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation. In 2003 he reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates and went on to win a number of prestigious commissions in the UK and the US and more recently for major art centres and important public buildings across London.

His ingenious use of materials, bespoke design and ability to sculpt and showcase light have engendered high regard from both the architectural community and the wider public.

In 2007 David was awarded an OBE for his services to architecture.

In a unique collaboration with The American Hardwood Export Council, the dramatic pavilion “Sclera”, demonstrated the flexibility, strength, grain and varying colours of tulipwood in a unique application that succeeded in blurring the boundaries between architecture, design, engineering and sculpture. Adjaye’s interpretation of the meaning of “Sclera” as a “space from my viewpoint” resulted in an elliptical pavilion whose airiness and freedom was further emphasized by the lightness of the timber construction.

“Sclera” was exhibited at the Southbank Centre for a month from mid September 2008 where it was viewed by over 1 million people and attracted extensive press coverage.

“This has been an extraordinary project for us. We were delighted when David Adjaye chose American Tulipwood – a wood normally associated with more mundane applications. This project shows it literally in a new light and the result is spectacular.”
David Venables, European Director, American Hardwood Export Council, from:

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Inside view from the entrance

Inside view toward entrance

Overall view from southwest

Overall night view from southwest

Inside night view