Fresh Flower

Fresh Flower

Tonkin Liu
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Fresh Flower

Tonkin Liu as Architects

The Fresh Flower is a movable steel pavilion that creates a refreshing focus at any public spaces. Travelling to different locations in central London, it has hosted several debate and lecture events for the London Festival of Architecture. The tree is the most primal place of human gatherings, and the delicate and beautiful flower petals form the shelter and the unique space under them. The eleven petals arch out to create shade and protection, and a stage of conversation and interaction is set.

The pedal increase in size as each unfurls around the central stem, creating entry spaces between the petals welcoming in the visitors. These petals glow under the sun and at night they are illuminated by the lights atop the central stalk, always beckoning people to approach and investigate. In the rain, drops of water follow the curves of the petals and are collected by the flue inside the central stem columns.

To travel to the next location, the pavilion is disassembled back to its individual components and transported across London. At each new site, the stacked petals are unfurled, assembled, and the Fresh Flower is again ready for interaction with the public and the surrounding environment.

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