GUN Architects

AA Gallery 17/5/2014 - 19/7/2014

Pavilion: Open 24 hours a day (Bedford Square, South-west corner, 17 May - 19 July)
Exhibition: Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–15:00 (AA Gallery, 17 May - 14 June)
NB. The gallery will be CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday 26 May.

Rainforest is a public pavilion by Chilean-German architecture practice GUN Architects, installed in London's Bedford Square during the Summer of 2014. An imposing five metre high micro-climate of minimal tree-like structures with a field of pyramidal fabric ‘stalactites’ which gently drip water – the pavilion is an oasis in the centre of London. Visitors can sit beneath a canopy of inverted prisms to enjoy a forest-like environment of raindrops, pools and plants.

Rainforest is part of GUN Architects' exploration into natural dynamics in the diverse Chilean climate – making water a protagonist of the architecture, where the production of temporal atmospheres is based on water circulation and accumulation. The practice engages in architectural and urban projects rooted in the environmental and cultural context of Chile, attempting to develop design forms which are consistent with current urban expansion and its associated geographical conditions.

An exhibition in the main AA Gallery accompanies the pavilion and describes the development of Rainforest through earlier research by GUN Architects, the pavilion’s conceptual evolution and technical engineering. The exhibition also features photographic works by Cristóbal Palma and Helene Binet.

The installation will also be part of the 2014 London Festival of Architecture – an annual event that "celebrates the City’s role as a global hub of architectural experimentation, thinking, learning and practice." The festival takes place between the 1st and 30th of June.

17 May – 19 July 2014, South-west corner of Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

17 May – 14 June 2014, AA Gallery, 36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES

Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola

Front Members' Room 17/5/2014 - 14/6/2014

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–15:00, unless otherwise stated.

NB. The gallery will be CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday 26 May.


Although largely marginal within official accounts of modern architecture, during the second half of the twentieth century the development of large concrete panel systems was central to debates about architecture’s modernisation and industrialisation. Through this development, not only was construction transferred from the building site to the factory floor, and manual labour succeeded by automated mass production, but political, aesthetic and ideological debates began to inscribe themselves onto the panel itself, a symbol for a whole new set of architectural values. Distributed to, and adapted by, many different regions, these systems went beyond national and political borders in producing more than 170 million apartments worldwide.

Coinciding with the launch of the book Panel, this exhibition showcases twenty-eight systems developed and distributed worldwide: Camus, Coignet and Paul Bossard’s Les Bleuets in France; I-510, K-7, I-464, I-335, II-35, and Burov House in the Soviet Union; the Large Soviet Panel, Large Panel IV and Large Panel 70 in Cuba; KPD and VEP in Chile; Larsen & Nielsen in Denmark; Brecast in United Kingdom; Descon-Concordia in the USA; Ital-Camus in Italy; Skarne S66 in Sweden; Igeco and Göhner Wohnen in Switzerland; G57 in Czechoslovakia; Ernst May System (Plan for Greater Moscow, 1932) in Germany and WBS 70 in East Germany; Jugomont 61 in Yugoslavia; VAM in Holland; Taisei in Japan; and the Saint Andrews’ Dormitory by James Stirling in Scotland.

While focusing on a particular aspect of this history, namely those systems exported from Soviet Russia into Cuba and then on to Chile in the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition contains a visual panoply of archival photographs, stills, cartoons, sketches and drawings, offering fascinating portrait of an architectural and political history whose symbolic and physical register all along is a concrete panel.

Ilona Sagar: Eupnea
AA Saturated Space Research Cluster

AA Bar 17/5/2014 - 14/6/2014

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–15:00, unless otherwise stated.

NB. The gallery will be CLOSED on Bank Holiday Monday 26 May.


Eupnea is a film by artist Ilona Sagar made exclusively for the Saturated Space research cluster at the AA. It explores the colour-space of healthcare environments in Britain, which to this day are guided in their design by colour analyses from the 1950s. Eupnea focuses on the connection between colour, health and well-being through its manifestation in the design of hospitals.

The aesthetic of Eupnea originates from Faden Birren’s functional colour chart for hospitals, schools and factories. Still in use today, these colours were originally intended to stimulate, heal and break up the institutional aesthetic, but now are seen to have the reverse effect.

The film includes interviewed ex-patients, health workers and architects anonymously about their experience of the hospital environment. These monologues capture recollections of colour, form, texture and the subjects’ personal discordant relationship to the space. Hospitals can be seen as the site of a collision between internal and external languages in design, cognition and the human body. The external technical, functional syntax clashes with an internal language which is messier, more visceral and emotional.

Contact details

Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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