The Making Pavilions book, edited by Xylotek’s Martin Self and Charles Walker, documents the work of the students of the AA’s Intermediate Unit 2 in 2005-9 in the design and realisation of a series of experimental timber pavilions.
Over the past six years the students of the Architectural Association’s Intermediate Unit 2 have designed and built a series of experimental pavilions. Structured to follow a year in the life of the unit, this book presents the processes of the pavilions’ design and production, from concept ideas to workshop fabrication. Essays by the unit’s tutors, Charles Walker and Martin Self, explain the ambitions and pedagogic basis of the programme, rooted in the idea of experiential learning. Through the voices of students, tutors and anonymous critics, both the educational validity of this innovative design-build programme and its architectural output is explored.
AA Summer Pavilions 2006-9 // Series of four student design-built LVL pavilions for Bedford Square, London; subsequently relocated southern France // Architect: AA Intermediate Unit 2; fabricated at Hooke Park // Our roles: Martin - Unit Master (with Charles Walker) // Photos: Valerie Bennett