Real Studios has designed a sophisticated pavilion to mark the launch of Goodwood's first Festival in partnership with Qatar. An elegant, sculptural structure, it stands in the trees overlooking the quintessential English 'horse walk', welcoming visitors into a vibrant and immersive space which evokes the sights, sounds and culture of Qatar.
Comprising two elliptical walls, 15m wide by 4.5m high, the design is inspired by the rippling of sand dunes, the flow of horses and jockeys' silks in motion, and the fluttering of a Qatari dhow's sails in the wind. White on the outside, the two walls are slightly offset to reveal an immersive interior, inviting the visitor into a world of Qatari culture, evoked through music, poetry, artefacts, a specially commissioned film (from On101), and the scent of 35,000 deep red, clove carnations, festooned along the walls. As the flowers are removed for visitors buttonholes, they reveal the word 'welcome' in Qatari script.
The Science Museum was buzzing with the arrival of some extraordinary Russian space craft and space pioneer Alexei Leonov (the first man to conduct a space walk, in 1965), to announce the forthcoming exhibition, Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age. Designed by Real Studios, it opens with the greatest collection of Soviet spacecraft and artefacts ever assembled in one place.
In a scheme influenced by the dynamic shapes and colours of the Suprematist and Constructivist art movements, the exhibition plunges visitors into the two decades in Russian history, when Russia led the world in space travel technology. Outstanding exhibits, like the 5 metre high LK-3 lunar lander, combine with fascinating accounts of the personalities behind the space programme, and the cultural and social setting for the Russian government's ambitions.
Image: Boris Staris, The fairy tale became truth, 1961. Published by The Young Guard (Molodaya Gvardia), c. Memorial Museum of Cosmonauti...