5 Nov 2016, Smiljan Radić, Radić Pavilion, Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
It was a real surprise to find this pavilion here, I wasn’t expecting to see it, and I had missed seeing it at the Serpentine Pavilion in 2014. It was wonderful approaching this building, viewing it through the almost decayed, but still standing garden. The fiberglass was incredibly tactile, and almost had a cast like quality for holding broken bones in place. From the inside the sun could penetrate ever so lightly, to give a warm glow. Luckily it was sunny, as this could so easily be missed.
Architecture is a huge influence for my work, so if I can stumble across a pavilion like this one, or watch Grand Designs, or visit cities with iconic modernist buildings, it is my way of gleaning ideas and inspiration. It is the simplicity, design, materiality, and innovation of what is possible for a building to be.
Architecture is critically important to me, especially if I am required to do any illustrative pieces. Although funnily enough, someone recently commented when seeing what I was printing from one of our workshops, “oh are you doing another landscape?” No! These are my buildings. Sites. Urban planning systems. But, architecture is part of the landscape, so I guess I am ‘doing another landscape’. One cannot ignore the landscape that surrounds the Radić Pavilion, and it wouldn’t look as spectacular without it.