David Adjaye has been exploring the notion of pavilion architecture and design since 2003 when he was invited to collaborate with Chris Ofili for the British Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale. Horizon was first exhibited at Albion, London, in the spring of 2007. It was inspired by the landscape and terrain of Africa and the Middle East. During his travels in the region, Adjaye took particular inspiration from the architectural forms and Aswan stones he encountered in Egypt.
For Adjaye, Horizon brings a new level to the architectural form. With this pavilion he has created a meditative space, where on entry the individual is faced with a beautiful landscape. This black-stained spruce timber pavilion gives an indication of space through illusion as the perception of the horizon is contained within the architecture and the gallery walls, thus obscuring the view onto the south bank.
Horizon played a significant role in the development of the Monoforms series, premiered at Design Miami, 2007.