Bjarke Ingels' Serpentine Pavilion opens up

Nick Myall
Wednesday 08 Jun 2016

Serpentine Gallery summer pavilions unveiled in London

New images have been released of BIG founder Bjarke Ingels’ completed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, UK which he has described as "both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob”.

The designers used 1802 fibreglass boxes in the 46ft tall venue which is the 17th Serpentine Gallery summer pavillion and opens on Friday.  

The structure is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians. 

Other Serpentine Pavilions include Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House which is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple - a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine Lake.

Nick Myall

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