Build Your Own Pavilion is nationwide campaign and international online competition for young people. Created by the Serpentine Galleries together with Kidesign and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, it’s now in its second year, challenging budding young architects aged 8 to 14 to design a small-scale model of a temporary summer Pavilion.

On Saturday 10th of September, the Build Your Own Pavilion workshop team were in London designing Pavilions at the historic Somerset House, as part of the first ever London Design Biennale. This international exhibition brought together installations, artworks, and designs from over 37 countries, and made an ideal location as there were so many Pavilions around to look at and get ideas from! The UK Pavilion by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby occupied the centre of the courtyard. Their 14-metre kinetic sculpture explored the nation’s relationship with wind energy. Annabel Karim Kassar’s idea for the Lebanon Pavilion was to create an experience of a Beirut street, so visitors could get a pomegranate juice, falafel, or even a wet shave in her Pavilion!

After encountering many brilliant Pavilions, the children taking part in the workshop were hugely inspired to build their own 3D CAD Pavilions. Using Autodesk 123D Design software, the young architects created an array of interesting and fanciful digital designs.

Thirteen-year-old Ava drew on the shape of an hourglass for her Pavilion, which she would build in London’s Hoxton Square and would be luminous at night!

Image Credit: Ed Reeve / London Design Biennale

Image Credit: Ed Reeve / London Design Biennale

Grace, aged 11, designed her heart-motif Pavilion after recently learning about why people love the theatre. Her Pavilion would be made using use glass and red shiny metal.

Votes were cast on the best model, and it was Lucas’ design that came out on top! 9-year-old Lucas came up with his 3D Pavilion design by creating a half-trumpet shape. He would build it in a leafy area and use glass for the structure.

His design was then printed on an Ultimaker 3D printer, which everyone was fascinated to watch!

Here’s a very proud Lucas with his printed Pavilion model:

If you’re aged 8-14 why not design your own Pavilion and enter it into the Build Your Own Pavilion Young Architects Competition? Create your model at home and enter online for a chance to win fantastic prizes. But hurry! The competition closes on 9th October.

Learn more and enter at the Build Your Own Pavilion website:

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