Tide and Times

The strange blobby timber structure that is the Tide and Times temporary pavilion was the result of a limited competition won by Urban Salon in 2008.

The structure of the pavilion consists of plywood ‘ribbons’, woven together to create a simple enclosure in the form of a large basket.


Fluid worked with Urban Salon and Gordon Cowley of Cowley Timberwork to develop a structural form that captured the spirit of the competition win but also deliver the pavilion to a tight budget. As planned, the pavilion was assembled outside the Royal Festival Hall in the summer of 2009, where it served as a venue for the RIBA and BBC during the Thames Festival. It held up well to a large number of curious visitors and was dismantled that autumn.

  • Project Cost Confidential
  • Architect Urban Salon
  • Images Fluid Structures / Urban Salon