Antepavilion Shortlist Announced

Five schemes selected for next phase of Antepavilion comission

Five shortlisted designs have been revealed in the competition for the first annual AntePavilion. Set up by competition sponsor Shiva Ltd, with support from the Architecture Foundation, the commission has been established to offer emerging architects and designers the opportunity to design and build a temporary structure at Columbia and Brunswick Wharf in Hackney.  Selected anonymously from a field of 128 submissions, the shortlisted teams are:

Han Hao
Mueller
PUP Architects
Relational Architecture
Studio Merlin

The practices will receive engineering support from AKT II, before to attending a final interview later this month.  The successful project will be realised over the course of the summer.   The winning team will be chosen by a jury chaired by Matthew Butcher (academic and designer) and comprising James Binning (Assemble), Anna Colin (Open School East), Russell Gray (Shiva Ltd), Ana Genovés (artist), Ellis Woodman (Architecture Foundation),

Ellis Woodman, director of the Architecture Foundation said: “The shortlist reflects the fantastically wide range of submissions that we received.  They are very diverse but each, in its own way, attempts to overturn our received understanding of what a pavilion might be.”

The Antepavilion Shortlist

Sparerooms by Han Hao

Statement: This flat-sharing house is an experiential prototype that intensifies and evaluates the daily experience of co-housing. Cohousing with strangers is the norm of how London homes are occupied today. The house in the housing climate of London could serve as a ‘trial period’ for potential flatmates to meet and come up with their own interpretations of domesticity.
Within this context, the house becomes a physical setting whereby friends or strangers are constantly grappling with domestic decisions. The proposal celebrates the political nature of domestic environments. Rather than mere objects for use, household elements such as partitions, furniture and objects become active agents that invite discussion and debate, use and misuse. Banality of the home becomes significant and invites new appropriations for the function and use of domestic settings.

Urban Symbiosis by Mueller

Statement: The design for the Urban Symbiosis Pavilion was born of the idea how urban densification within London and other cities with high pressure on housing demands can be achieved to the benefits of all inhabitants. The rooftops of industrial structures like those on the given site, or of any other buildings, be it residential or commercial, were singled out as the most underused areas with a great potential.
This pavilion was developed to build a symbiosis with its host structure, a ‘mutually beneficial relationship between two different organisms in close physical association’. It benefits from the existing infrastructure, including circulation and services as well as access to sunlight and great views.

Are We Bored in the City by Nicolo Lewanski

Statement: We wish we had the instruments to understand the city like they did in the sixties, when they designed all these bold futures. We wish, but we don’t know how. No matter! There is no excuse to hide behind concrete façades, like Shinohara did after the Metabolists.
We designed a dialectic machine to assess our relationship with the city. Floating on a net above the plants – a secret garden of sorts, yes, a comfortable world hidden away – we start from this degree zero to select, open and close, angle the panels which constitute the façades. Thus we construct our understanding of the surroundings.

H-VAC by PUP Architects

Statement: Clad in reversible Tetra Pak shingles, H-VAC is a playful subversion of planning legislation, exploiting permitted development rights for rooftop plant to confront the habitation of rooftop space. Covertly extrovert, the snaking linear form references the voluminous curved surfaces of rooftop ducting and air handling plant; primarily functional yet surprisingly sculptural. A shelter in disguise, the enlarged scale allows inhabitation and exploits its inaccessible location, concealing a rooftop garden.
Whilst permitted development exists for large-scale infrastructural roof installations – seen throughout the city – little challenge has been made for other viable and productive uses for rooftops. By subverting the form of the permitted and giving it a non-standard use, we hope to bring into question this order of priorities.
We envisage this pavilion as a prototype for the guerilla habitation of London’s roofspace producing a landscape of rooftop structures akin to New York’s famous city water towers. Within the composition of the surrounding rooftops, H-VAC sits as the cheeky younger cousin of the Tetra Pak clad Beach House on the neighbouring roof.
The cladding shingles are cut from reject Tetra Pak printed roll, commonly available online or from a recycling centre virtually free of cost. The shingles are folded in on themselves to protect the cut edges from delaminating when wet, exposing the waterproof foil surface on both faces.

The Hackney Onion by Studio Merlin

Statement: The Hackney Onion is a prototype of the proposed speculative Onion Housing model, offering one potential solution to the housing shortage. The onion concept derives itself from Hackney’s multiple layers, its established foodie culture and the technology hub that it, along with other areas of East London, are becoming.
In an exploratory study of the functional credentials of the traditional onion dome form, the Hackney Onion proposes for the Arts House Foundation rooftop a temporary structure consisting of seven single occupancy units, storage for their wordly possessions and a communal living space with an impressive ceiling.
The Hackney Onion attempts to proactively tackle some of the big issues currently facing London, whilst all the while celebrating the skyline and adding cultural value. It has been drawn up as an ideal, and may be repurposed for the competition if buildability is an issue.