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Friday, October 17, 2014

Everything Old Is New Again

Clive Wilkinson's design for the Barbarian Group (completed 2014) in New York City, which features an "endless table":


[Barbarian Group | Photo: Michael Moran, from Clive Wilkinson Architects website]

reminds me of a project by Wilkinson from ten years earlier. Mother's, as I referred to the project when I posted about it in 2004, is also based around a looping table that serves 200 people:


[Mother London | Photo from Clive Wilkinson Architects website]

Yet, while Mother London's table is interrupted by columns and stairs, Wilkinson's latest rendition of this idea is more complex:


[Barbarian Group | Photo: Michael Moran, from Clive Wilkinson Architects website]

The Barbican Group table undulates like a long scarf, creating walkways, meeting rooms, libraries and other spaces underneath its high points, which I have to admit is pretty cool.


[Barbarian Group | Photo: Michael Moran, from Clive Wilkinson Architects website]

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