The students’ design project
The Pavilion design project, aimed at the Serpentine Gallery, allowed students to make their models of the Serpentine Pavilion space, situated in Kensington Gardens. All eight students built their ideas on what they envisioned the Pavilion to look like.
An incredible amount of work has gone into the project; so much so that the students were locked in the school one night after staying past 7:30 pm to work on their models.
Students were taught lessons in architecture, sustainability and design.
As part of the involvement, several colleagues from Michael J Lonsdale visited the school on Thursday, 10th June, to assess the winning design. To their amazement, every model is so good that a clear winner could not be decided on the spot.
A trip to Bloomberg
Following the judging, we took the class to the Bloomberg European HQ for an exclusive tour of the building’s facilities. Coincidentally, Michael J Lonsdale previously delivered the complete mechanical installation.
Construction started back in 2012, with over 2000 workers on site. Building had to pause for two years after a series of Roman artefacts were found underneath the plot.
The main entrance: “There’s no future possible without the past.” This spot is where London was founded over 2000 years ago. The Londinium Trading Post is supposedly founded right on the spot underneath the mirror. The three sides of the walls lean on each other without any structural support.
Throughout the main floors runs a multi-purpose ceiling. It handles heating, cooling, lighting and acoustics. The bespoke design houses 500k low emission lights, with the ceiling design stopping condensation build-up. The petals help with acoustics, absorbing the sound and stopping it from travelling through the building.