Nouvel scoops Serpentine Pavilion

Tuesday 06 Jul 2010

Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel named to design Serpentine Pavilion 2010

Renowned French architect Jean Nouvel has been revealed as the tenth designer to invent a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. Following in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Rem Koolhaas, Olafur Eliasson and Frank Gehry, Nouvel’s design consists of a bright red sharp-edged building constructed from steel, glass plastic and fabric, including table tennis tables and a 12m wall at a gravity-defying angle.

The Serpentine Gallery holds an annual competition for an architect who has never built in the UK to design a temporary structure on the Serpentine lawn. There is no budget for the project and it must be completed in 6 months from invitation. Although Nouvel has never completed a project on UK soil, his current project ‘One New Change’ is currently under construction in the centre of London.

Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel made the headlines recently when Prince Charles tried to remove him from ‘One New Change’, a £500m office and retail development to the east of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Prince of Wales expressed concern that the distinctive building would detract from the neighbouring cathedral; however, Nouvel has used red, grey, and beige anti-reflective glass to avoid distracting too much attention from the landmark.

The Serpentine Pavilion will be open from 10th July until 17th October 2010. Later today we will be uploading fantastic new images of the structure along with a short architectural review.

Sian Disson
News Editor

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