The Serpentine Pavilion is now open to the public at the prestigious Serpentine Galleries. Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation, presenting inspirational temporary structures by some of the world’s greatest architects. A much-anticipated landmark in London each summer, the Pavilion is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world. The pavilion sits on the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens and is open to the public daily from 10am to 6pm. This year the Serpentine Pavilion was designed by Spanish architects selgascano.
It is the first time that the Serpentine Pavilion has been designed by a Spanish architecture practice. The award-winning studio is lead by José Selgas and Lucía Cano. In keeping with the criteria of the scheme it is the studio’s first new structure in the UK. The Pavilion is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing. Visitors to the Serpentine Pavilion can enter and exit in a number of different points. They can also pass through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layer of the structure and into the Pavilion’s brilliant stained glass-effect interior.
Serpentine Galleries Director, Julia Peyton-Jones and Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist said, ‘We are proud to work with SelgasCano in this, the 15th year of a commission unique in the western world that continues to showcase some of the boldest and innovative designs in contemporary architecture internationally’. The architects inspiration not only came from the site itself, but from the ways in which people move through London. This notably includes the Underground with its many-layered and chaotic yet structured flow. selgascano’s design follows Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion in 2014, which was likened by many to a spaceship resting on Neolithic stones. Previous architects have included the likes of Ai Weiwei and Frank Gehry. You can find out more about the artist on the website here.
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