While geodesic domes were born from cold war fears of nuclear annihilation and contamination — one of Buckminster Fuller’s most famous designs encased the whole of central Manhattan — the Morisons’ has a less sinister purpose: perhaps inspired by the ever-popular Serpentine Gallery series, the pavilion’s interior is filled with chairs and tables, where you can shelter from the rays or the rain and enjoy a spot of tea.
In Pictures: Waterside Pavilion @ Barbican Art Gallery
As part of the Radical Nature summer show, the Barbican Art Gallery has built a pavilion by the waterside. Looking not unlike a crashed, balsa-wood Starbug, the curiously titled I am so sorry. Goodbye, by Heather and Ivan Morison, takes the form of twin geodesic domes, inspired by the engagingly bonkers domes envisaged by Richard Buckminster Fuller back in the grand old heyday of mid-20th century utopianism.