If you’ve activated your online subscription to the AJ or you already have an account for the AJ Buildings Library, sign in below.
By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy
The AJ Buildings Library is available as a subscription benefit to AJ subscribers. If you’ve activated your online subscription on TheAJ.co.uk, you can use the same credentials to sign in on AJBL.
If you have not activated your subscription on the AJ website you will need to do so to access the AJ Buildings Library.
Not an Architects' Journal subscriber?
Choose one of these options:
Find out more about all the benefits of a subscription to The Architects' Journal.
For all queries regarding access to AJ online, please email our Online Help Desk at customerservices@ArchitectsJournal.co.uk
Times Eureka Pavilion
- Begun: May 2011
- Completed: Jun 2011
- Floor area: 26m2
- Sectors: Public realm, Civic, Landscape design
- Total cost: £70,000
- Tender date: Jan 2011
- Address: Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
Public garden and pavilion designed to communicate the significance of plants to science and society
Part of a small garden whose theme is ‘human dependency on plants’, this temporary pavilion is the latest in a string of quality architectural commissions by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Using principles of biomimicry, the architect NEX and landscape designer Marcus Barnett proposed a translucent pavilion based on the cellular structure of plants.
he design was developed using algorithms which replicate leaf capillaries.
Sitting on a raft of sustainably sourced spruce beams, primary timber ‘capillaries’ form the structure which is infilled with 136 unique timber cassettes and 586 unique plastic ‘cells’ made of recycled translucent polypropylene.
Rainwater from the roof runs through the capillaries inside the walls to the ground. The geometry of all the cassettes and cells radiates from two central vanishing points to create a dramatic and changing visual experience of the garden as visitors move through the structure. The pavilion can be dismantled and is entirely recyclable.