Glaze pavilion by Cousins & Cousins designed to resemble a Venetian glass sweet

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015: Murano glass sweets provided the inspiration for this pavilion by London studio Cousins & Cousins, which features a mixture of coloured and patterned glazing (+ slideshow).

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

Installed in St John's Square at the heart of London's Clerkenwell, the temporary Glaze pavilion was created for the district's three-day-long design festival on behalf of glass manufacturer GX Glass.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

The architects, husband and wife duo Ben and Jelena Cousins, decided to create a structure modelled on the glass sweets made on the Venetian island of Murano, which show off different glassmaking techniques.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"We very much liked the glass sweets that you can find in Venice, with their multicoloured layers of glass," Ben Cousins told Dezeen at the pavilion launch yesterday.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"We thought, what better way to show off GX Glass' full spectrum of products than to have a glass pavilion inspired by this beautiful Venetian glass sweet," he explained.

"So that was the genesis of the idea and it evolved into what we see today – this multicoloured jewel."

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

Named Glaze, the steel-framed structure features glass walls and a glass roof. The architects used both back-painted and ceramic-printed glass to create opaque and transparent surfaces.

Some panels feature vibrant shades of pink and yellow, while others have been printed with various geometric patterns.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"The two types of glass we use represent two different types of manufacturing," said Cousins.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"The glass manufacturer we worked with is known for coloured splashbacks, so we used that for the colour-backed glass," he continued. "The more transparent panels use a ceramic-printed technology. That's how we managed to create all the patterns on the glass."

Two tapered ends give the pavilion entrances on both sides, but are also reminiscent of the splayed ends of a wrapped sweet.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"One of the key things that Jelena was really keen on achieving here was the effect of narrowing perspective as you walk through," added Cousins.

"The whole structure is tapered, so it gets smaller and narrower as you arrive into the centre of the space. Then it opens up again in the middle."

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

"We tried to keep it as slender as possible – which is always the battle with structural engineers – to retain the elegance of the structure, which I think we've achieved really successfully," he said.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

The pavilion remains in place for the duration of Clerkenwell Design Week and is being used to host a programme of events, including drawing workshops.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

Some of the glazed panels are also magnetic, so paper images can be mounted onto the walls. Illustrators have also been invited to draw straight onto these panels, as their marks can be easily wiped away.

Illustrators have been invited to draw straight onto the MagnX magnetic panels, as the glass surface allows for the designs to be easily wiped away, as well as allowing for paper images to be stuck to the walls.

Once the event is over, the glazed components will be demounted and recycled.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

Other installations created for this year's festival include a wooden structure comprising a skeletal frame and intricate ribbon-like swathesDezeen Watch Store is also hosting a pop-up shop throughout the event, where customers will receive a free apple with every watch purchase!

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins

Photography is by Jack Hobhouse.

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 pavilion by Cousins and Cousins
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