London, United Kingdom
Located in the OWO Hotel, the latest project by DaeWha Kang Design is a courtyard and a pavilion at the site that was once used by the British government’s military departments.
The new structure has been conceived with deep consideration for its surroundings, designed as a sculptural object as much as a building.
The rippling fluid forms bring dynamism to the heavy formal architecture, creating an oasis of life and activity within Whitehall.
At the same time, the mirror-polished metal shapes of the pavilion roof achieve a mirage effect, reducing visual intrusiveness in the historical context.
The architects also created a five-meter sculptural fountain, providing the yin to the yang of the pavilion.
The interplay of real water and reflected metal waves creates a dramatic and dynamic experience for visitors to The OWO.
The metalwork is finished with Aston Martin paint, giving a nod back to the James Bond link with the building.
Its biophilic, rippling forms and polished mirror effect roof reflect the surrounding historic architecture, which was originally designed by William Young in the early 20th century while adding playfulness and dynamism to the composition.
“It was important for the design to enhance rather than compete with the existing historical architecture,” states the studio.
The pavilion’s interior has a circular bar at the center and it is topped by a floral-shaped sculptural skylight.
Ribbed white columns have been interspersed throughout the dining area.
Project: The OWO Pavilion
Architects: DaeWha Kang Design
Lead Architects: Michal Wojtkiewicz and Monika Bilska
Design Team: Michal Wojtkiewicz, Laura Dinarés Couto, Lawrence Lynch, Argyrios Delithanasis, Patricia de Osma, Styliani Salta, Eduardo Camarena, Leroy J.H. Yuen Chiara Multari, Weronika Widenska, Josef Stoger, Monika Byra, Finbar Charleson, and Paulina Pawlata
Landscape Architecture: Marcus Barnett Studio
Photographer: Kyungsub Shin