Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Gallery Pavilion unveiled

Nick Myall
Thursday 25 Feb 2016

The Gallery Pavilion in London will be accompanied by four summerhouses

Bjarke Ingels' firm BIG has unveiled its design for this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, UK.

The Danish architect's design was imagined as a solid wall that has been "unzipped" to create a three-dimensional space. It features a tall pointed structure made of interlocking fibreglass "bricks".

It will be made from a series of box-like fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other, in a pattern based on a common brick wall.

The wall of fibreglass blocks splits to create a curved opening to the pavilion with jagged edges.

The Serpentine commissions a different architect to create the pavilion every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, offering them the chance to create their first built structure in England.

Commenting on the structure Ingels said: "For the Serpentine Pavilion 2016 we have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob."

"This unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space," he added. "At the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while at the bottom, it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the pavilion and an undulating hillside towards the park."

The tall white structure will have a void in its centre that will host a cafe and events space during the day and the gallery's annual Park Nights programme in the evenings.

For the first time, four summerhouses will accompany the main pavilion, designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger, Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif Khan.


Nick Myall

News Editor

Key Facts:

United Kingdom

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team