June 18, 2013
Though this sculptural addition to Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green is called a “Peace Pavilion,” it sure doesn’t look like one. Though of course, there is no clear precedent for the term.
Designed by Paris-based Atelier Zundel Cristea, the pavilion evokes a canopy surface, occupyable both above and below. The structure creates a restful stopping point in the gardens, an oasis at which visitors can relax and hang out. That (theoretically) explains the pavilion’s name: It brings disparate people together—though you could argue that any pavilion would do the same.
Nonetheless, the pavilion does create a visceral experience—in more ways than one—at the center of the park, and images of families enjoying its use prove that it has already become an anchor for recreation and bonding in East London. Another success of the installation is that though the design is perfectly symmetrical in plan, it appears that way only from a few vantage points, granting it both balance and dynamism.
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