Exploring boundaries : the architecture of Wilkinson Eyre by Forster, Kurt Walter; Davey, Peter

By Forster, Kurt Walter; Davey, Peter

Das Londoner Architekturbüro Wilkinson Eyre Architects macht seit den 1990er Jahren durch eine Vielzahl innovativer und fantasievoller Bauten auf sich aufmerksam. Ein Schwerpunkt bilden spektakuläre und konstruktiv anspruchsvolle Brücken, zu deren bekanntesten die Gateshead Millennium Bridge (2001) und die Floral highway Bridge (2003) gehören

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The fire pavilion, a charred black box-actually covered in claddmg and the traditional a proprietary composite cladding, is dramatically suspended matenals of the old steelworks from the main structure with main support trusses spanning can be seen (main image) 41m across the two main aisles. Its exhibits are as inventive The eit pavJlion, which takes as those in the air pavilion, ranging from walls that respond the form of a dingible hangmg to the heat of your body to frighteningly loud high voltage high up in the mam space, lightening discharges overhead.

Its exhibits are as inventive The eit pavJlion, which takes as those in the air pavilion, ranging from walls that respond the form of a dingible hangmg to the heat of your body to frighteningly loud high voltage high up in the mam space, lightening discharges overhead. challenges vuntoie to enter The water pavilion is a stainless steel spiral ellipse structure a unique space by crossing a 46m long in which children are encouraged to squirt and spill; scary bridge from the central it contains serious stuff, too, like an explanation of the water vertical COIC (far nght) cycle and how water was (and is) used in the production of steel.

The Alpine House continues Kew's extraordinarily and continuing civilised culture, which combines science, art, education and commerce. Wilkinson Eyre's new heraldic building, with its precise geometry, finely honed detailing and remarkable climatic control is a proper 21st century successor to the work of Chambers and Burton. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (client): Atel ier Ten; Chns Blandford ASSOCIates (masterplan only).

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