Video Picks: Asif Khan- Architecture of place and time

Designing a building, space or structure isn’t just about creating something appealing to the eye in its shape and form.

Successful and intriguing architecture is made by giving thought to the place where your building, space or structure is located; as well as the environmental conditions and people who might use your design at any particular time.

South London born Architect Asif Khan is behind a number of diverse projects that consider place and time in very different ways.

Featured and listing image credit: Serpentine Summer House 2016 designed by Asif Khan; Architectural model © Asif Khan. Photograph, courtesy of the Serpentine Galleries.


Credit: ‘Serpentine Summer Houses 2016: Asif Khan’. Video, courtesy of the Serpentine Galleries. In this video London-based architect Asif Khan talks us through his design for a wall-less Summer House, designed and constructed in 2016 for the Serpentine Galleries. Located in London’s Hyde Park, the structure is oriented to capture and reflect sunlight, and frame views of the park and its key buildings. Asif’s idea for the building came from careful analysis of the sun’s path in relation to nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple and the Serpentine lake.

Asif is known for dynamic architecture, exhibition and product design, often blending interactive and technological elements with spaces, places and people.
Find out about his ‘Beatbox pavilion’ designed for Coca-Cola at the London 2012 Olympics with visitors to the Olympic Park in mind.

Take a look at his ‘MegaFaces Pavilion’ designed for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 which generated giant 3D selfies of the crowd.

Visit Asif’s website to explore recent works including publicly funded projects working with local people, such as a Tower Hamlets school playground and a new route for the Liverpool Marathon.
Looking for more inspiration?

Many architects use local weather, qualities of light and air, and the passing of time to help decide on materials, and shapes of their built structures.

For example, this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo, also responds to time, place, and local light and weather conditions. It is built from ordinary British roof tiles, assembled unconventionally around a pool of water. The design causes shifting layers of reflected light and shadow to bathe the interior as time of day and light and weather conditions change.

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