Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, Great Britain in 1949. Pawson studied at the Architectural Association before opening his own studio.
Pawson’s work is closely identified with Minimalism. His designs explore elements such as space, light and materials, disdaining other stylistic ornamentation. The nakedness of his work gives it a visual than architectural focus. It is elegant and seductive, icy and theatrical. His architecture is based on sensations, visual pleasures, soundness. His base palette of reduced constructive resources is characterised by a systematic and rigorous application.
Pawson’s individual approach to architecture can be clearly seen in work like the compact apartment of writer Bruce Chatwin, the Calvin Klein shop in Manhattan and Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong airport. He was also the architect responsible for the new Cistercian monastery in the Czech city of Bohemia.
Aside from his works as architect, he has designed many domestic objects for major furniture firms: sinks, bath tubs, taps, door knockers, jars and trays, all of great beauty and practicality. An exhibition of the work of this British creator was shown in 2002 at IVAM in Valencia.
John Pawson was commissioned to design the hall and the function rooms. He attempted to create "a space of peace and quiet within the hotel". He achieved this by using wood and through a design that harbours the reception area in a semicircle, thus sheltering other guests who are also in the area from the constant motion passing through this area.
Although this is a relatively small project in terms of surface area, just 150 m2, compared with the 1,200 m2 occupied by each of the floors, John Pawson has achieved a stunning space with a limited variety of materials.
John Pawson’s reception area is a space where wood is the predominant material. When you access the hotel there is a first quieter area to sit down and read the newspaper. Tucked behind a wooden panel structure is the reception and the hotel lifts. The wood helps create a feeling of spaciousness. In addition, the small area reserved for the reception desk is actually a way of reinforcing the sense of spatial continuity.
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