Pushkin House Pavilion — 101st km – Further, Everywhere

Apt , London, 2017

 

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Andrea Seroni, Apt / Yuri Palmin, Pushkin House     Download Original

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A pavilion structure for an arts festival.

In July 2017 Apt (formerly RPP) met with the Executive Director of Pushkin House to discuss the possibility of collaborating with the renowned Russian artist Alexander Brodsky on a new pavilion structure which was to be a temporary installation in support of the annual Bloomsbury Arts Festival.

This was to be Brodsky’s first and only project in the UK. Over a four-month period, a fascinating collaboration developed between artist, curator, architect and student in the design, detail, tender and construction of this ‘gift to London’, with the resulting Pavilion standing for 21 days in late October as a centrepiece for the Bloomsbury Festival.

As executive architect, Apt worked directly with Brodsky, developing his sketches to gain planning consent. Apt also drew and detailed the final construction and procured, managed and built the resulting structure working with friends from within the industry and volunteers from local architectural schools. The construction of the pavilion was completed in 16 days.

As described by Pushkin House, the pavilion was designed to mark the centenary of the Russian revolution and presents an artistic installation about Russian poetry in exile. It celebrates the power of the word and the individual voice. The 101st km, a concept well known in Russia, refers to the distance that many poets and others were forced to maintain from major cities, often after returning from the labour camps – a kind of internal exile and attempt by the authorities to suppress them. The pavilion creates a refuge for these voices, which passers-by are invited to enter and experience.

The pavilion was complemented by a display inside Pushkin House that continued the theme and told stories of repressed literature in Soviet times through a rich programme of lectures, poetry readings, photographs, film screenings and concerts.

Data

  • Begun: Oct 2017
  • Completed: Oct 2017
  • Floor area: 25m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £20,000
  • Funding: Private funding as a donation to Pushkin House from Vadim Levin, supported by Apt and the Bloomsbury Festival
  • Address: Alexander Brodsky Pavilion, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A, United Kingdom