I think it was Le Corbusier who said that good architects borrow and great architects steal. (I wonder in which group he classed himself.) And he took that line from Picasso anyway. I was reminded of it again a few weeks ago when I saw this project listed as an award winner for the Wood Works award for innovative design.
I was actually stopped in my tracks as I walked by the poster because the building – a pavilion in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago – reminded me so strongly of this Rural Studio design which I saw under construction in 2007.
The construction method is much simpler (less expensive) but I think there’s some clear design heritage here! So what do you think? Is the design lent or stolen … or a total coincidence?