The Ephemeropterae˜ Pavilion is a trapezoid prism measuring 2.5 x 6.7 m at its widest point. It is a portal frame where each frame forms the roof, flooring and walls. These structural elements work together and through compression, providing the overall structure of the pavilion. The height varies from 3 to 3.5m, rising up as the pavilion widens framing the view of the surrounding park. The pavilion is a free standing structure which will rest on a series of pad foundations and larch sleepers, intending minimize disruption to the parkland. Gaps between the timber slats allow natural daylight and ventilation into the structure whilst the roof is solid to provide shelter.
Made from spruce, the pavilion is stained to increase longevity and allowing the timbers to turn silver grey over time. The timber structure includes all the necessary fixings including bolts and other metal members to give it additional strength. All structural metal frames will be hidden within the timber structure and will not be visible.
David Adjaye’s practice started in 1994 and quickly developed a reputation as an architect with an artist's sensibility and vision. 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.
Projects have been diverse in scale, audience, and geography; collaborations with artists including Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson, exhibition design, temporary pavilions, and private homes both in the U.K. and New York. More recently, major arts centers and important public buildings across London, Oslo, and Denver have demonstrated David's considered approach to understanding the needs of the constituency served by each building and a respect for integration with their existing locale. His largest project today is the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management and the redesign of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History.
David understands his status as a role model for young people and lectures frequently. He was the first Louis Khan visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
LOCATION: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,
TBA21–Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, Austria