Each year, the Frieze Art Fair brings top galleries and artists from around the world to London. This year, architects Carmody Groarke were asked to create temporary pavilions for the fair in Regent’s Park. Built from timber and plastic, the pavilions were spacious venues flooded with light during the day that glowed brightly at night. Best of all, each of the pavilions were recycled after the fair was over.
Set amidst Regent’s Park’s many trees, the temporary pavilions functioned as a central hub for the surrounding tents that displayed the artworks and installations. The series of interlinking pavilions were divided into rooms for Frieze’s VIP clients, a dining area, as well as public seating. Each of Carmody Groarke’s pavilions were clad in raw, unfinished timber that showed the natural woodgrain. Simple white tables and chairs were used to furnish the interior, with lights strung around the perimeter to function both as décor and lighting at night.
The see through pavilion focused on central courtyards, open to the elements. From inside, the pavilions’ timber skeletons could be seen through the translucent plastic, which wrapped the ceiling and some of the walls. Wooden cut-outs on the ceiling functioned as sky lights, flooding the common areas with light. They also gave visitors a view of the tree boughs above, transposing nature with the fine art that was on display all around them.
The pavilions also hosted artist and curator talks, which encouraged visitors to engage with the artists on set. The four day fair’s central hub was easily disassembled, leaving hardly a footprint on Regent’s Park.