ARCHITECTURE: THE NEW SERPENTINE GALLERY PAVILION

 A cloud-like structure by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto was unveiled in London thai week and they say it is one of the best.

Text: Mary Giatra

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th architect in the series and the youngest to accept the invitation to design the famous temporary structure that will rest in London’s Hyde Park this season.

The Serpentine Gallery is an art space in Kensington Gardens that focuses on modern and contemporary art. It annually commissions international architects to design a temporary pavilion on the gallery’s lawn that showcases unique architectural practice. The pavilion hosts a special program of film screenings, talks and a cafe. Each summer since the year 2000, leading architects including: Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas, have designed their own idea of this temporary structure.

This year, an airy but strict configuration has been revealed. With an appearance that resembles a cloud, the pavilion is a composition of 20mm pipes which are arranged in a lattice formation. Visitors, are invited to interact with it by climbing on the skeleton framework or taking in alternative views of the site. It is a lightweight and semi-transparent design that allows the eye to travel through its core.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is officially open to the public from June 8th to October 20th.

photos via dezeen and designboom