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As I have progressed in my architectural career, I look outside myself more often to solidify design concepts that I had learned in the past. One of those concepts was the idea of an entrance. I remember a comment made to me that a the entrance is not a door. I thought that was an odd thing to say at the time, but that simple idea has become very ingrained in my mind in the years since. A case in point is the Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels Group. The entrance to this simple little building is more of a visual que as opposed to the barrier to entry that most "entrances" have become. The idea is that each aspect of architecture should be telling you something - indicating how to interact with it and how to experience the space. This particular project is interesting in that the space isn't entirely distinct from the outside, but really just a different way to experience the outside environment. Most of us would agree that architecture should aim to enhance the world around us, but more importantly, architecture should be inviting. In order to do that, it has to have an entrance, but doesn't necessarily have to have a door. Enjoy!

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