Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

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Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

London architects Carmody Groarke arranged temporary timber pavilions around the trees in Regent’s Park for this year’s Frieze Art Fair.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

The three pavilions surrounded a series of courtyards, through which the trees emerged.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Translucent plastic wrapped the exterior walls and roofs of the structures, creating windows across voids in the timber.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

The pavilions housed VIP rooms in addition to public seating and dining areas for the event, whilst artworks were on show in neighbouring tents.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Carmody Groarke have designed a few pavilions that have been featured on Dezeen - see our earlier stories about a temporary rooftop restaurant and a pavilion supported by thin metal rods. See all our stories about the architects here.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: construction photograph by Richard Davies

Photography is by Christian Richters, apart from where otherwise stated.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: construction photograph by Richard Davies

Here's some text the architects wrote before the festival:


Carmody Groarke’s design for 2011 Frieze Art Fair

Each Autumn Frieze Art Fair shows works by more than 1000 artists which are represented by contemporary galleries from all over the world.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: photograph by Richard Davies

The fair is hosted within a 20000m2 temporary venue built from tent structures within the beautiful context of Regents Park, London.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: photograph by Richard Davies

There is a focus on living artists and a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative, and encourage visitors to engage with art and artist directly over its four day lifespan.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: photograph by Richard Davies

Working closely with Frieze, Carmody Groarke have evolved a concept that has created more premium gallery spaces within the tents than in previous years, and a new experience for the fair by placing a series of interlinked, translucent pavilions surrounding the perimeter of the large exhibition tents.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

Above: photograph by Richard Davies

These will contain all of the public hospitality and VIP functions, located away from the exhibition spaces, and will be characterised by timber-lined ‘rooms’ that are arranged around the existing trees within the park.

Frieze Art Fair Pavilions by Carmody Groarke

The project also includes a series of architectural installations within the main exhibition tents, based upon public squares and coloured, felt-lined rooms which provide spaces for resting and refreshment within the overall epic scale of the fair.

  • kms

    budget can be beautiful. would love to see details of this project.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055541516 Sasha Melentyeva

    very poetic. would like to get in.

  • dude

    Still the most ambitious and talented young architects in the UK. It's about time they got to do some BUILDINGS rather than temporary structures………

  • NMK

    Are you looking at the same photos I am looking at? There is no beauty, and they still spent money to build it. What 'poetry'? This is becoming a ridiculous time of hyper-conservative cheap looking rubbish. A client spent a lot of money making this project and it is ready for the skip. I think it is a dramatic waste of effort for absolutely no architectural effect. If you praise this then you are bored with architecture and do not realize that our ambition should be to make cheap building look expensive, not expensive building look cheap.
    Furthermore, there is no inovation with form, material use, material combination, detailing or anything about energy/sustainable design. Having visited this work the space does not inspire one to stay for more than one minute.