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Fresh flower, by Tonkin Liu, is emblematic of this year's London Festival of Architecture.

One of the most enduring images of this year's London Festival of Architecture is this delightful Pavilion by Tonkin Liu, called Corus Fresh Flower. Having received recognition for Singing Ringing Tree, a musical land sculpture on the hill above Burnley that earned the Practice a place on last year's Stirling Prize, Tonkin Liu are no strangers to work of this scale and nature. Designed in consultation with engineers Adams Kara Taylor, and jointly commissioned by Corus and the LFA 2008, Fresh Flower is the ultimate expression of the 2008 Festival theme, 'Fresh'. It comprises 11 unfurling petals, raised off the ground in an arching arrangement around a central stem, which at full reach create a 97 sqm enclosure in which public performances and debates can be staged.

Serving also as a delightful demonstration of the creative possibilities of steel, Fresh Flower moved to new locations during the course of the Festival, and is likely to go further afield now that the festival has ended. It would be a very welcome addition, for example, at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona later this year.
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Title Annotation:delight
Author:Gregory, Rob
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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