Zaha Hadid is not very interesting, just yet it looks like, but oh well.
Daniel Liebskind puts some oversized metal scraps together, which looks unexpected, but still no…
I think it starts to get interesting here with Toyo Ito, because there is finally a different experience inside then outside, so it does make sense to go in!
Oscar Niemeyer’s pavilion looks more like some bar, or some other branded space, vodafone shop maybe? It’s cool to have a ramp, but if I was in wheelchair I would not wheel my way up there for that…
Mdrvd in 2004 wasn’t built! Oops! It’s colossal sizes, but wondering what’s inside?
Alvaro Siza’s pavilion is cool again, because you get something more from inside, that you would expect from outside. The materials are so simple, which means sophisticated for me, but it really looks interesting with all the shadows inside.
Rem Koolhaas did a balloon that’s not very interesting inside = there’s absolutely nothing inside. Altough, the balloon changes in weather. (Won’t change much in London since it’s always raining.)
Olafur Eliasson did this witch-hat shaped mini tower, which looks quite intimate in the inside, no? I feel like you can hide there in the dark and quiet to look out how people walk around in the sun? Bit perverse
Alternatively it’s like an auditorium, which fits because they do talks and programs in the pavilion.
Frank Gehry, I think it’s a blown up version of the Siza pavilion in 2005, similar materials and grid pattern. It’s nice that it looks like a complete random mess, but then in the end it perfectly frames the view of Kensington Palace or what’s that building?
From the lots of okay ones were really started to get interesting in 2009 with Kazuyo Sejima. It’s so simple, so original, a mirror reflecting… what? You? The ground on the sky? Nothing? The height is so low, looks like the whole structure is hiding in the foliage. I like it how it says so much with such little size and about 2 different materials.
Jean Nouvel thought: COLOUR! Well, all the pavilions had very minimalistic colouring before, so it was time for some change I agree. I uses unexpected, but consequent typography, VERY STRONG colour contrasts, when you would be lost in all the red it adds some vivid green, because red can be only really really red if there is some contrast to focus on, very nice. It’s made up of kind of different parts, the big screen-like thing, the big box-like thing, and then couple of different ceiling hight areas.
My favorite is Peter Zumthor, because of such a contrast of inside and outside. It looks like a prison, like you would never want to go in, it looks scary, it looks uninviting, it looks out of place, which he only uses a corridor around the main space to create, so the doors look like they lead to perfectly dark shadow spaces. They you go in and the contrast is huge, there’s this secret garden with high and wild flowers and you just go like WOW.
2012: Herzog and de Meuron Swiss architects, I think it’s very very very nice design again, from up high or far away it just looks like a pool slightly hovering above the ground, nothing very interesting. And then it hides all this secret underground space… I have to say it looks awful on the picture though when there is just so many people there, it ruins the fun and creates this disgusting crowded hole in the ground… I wasn’t there but it is for sure that it has to be looked into how many people will approximately use it and decide on the size accordingly. (I mean the read one would have looked nice crowded and lively, but a secret hidden space likes this is not okay.)
Sou Fujimoto, 2013, it looks like a snowing hedgehog! People randomly hovering mid-air in the inner spaces, quite funny. Like it doesn’t look like there’s any spaces inside, but yes! I bet there’s a million pictures of it on instagram.