The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
I mainly prefer to post interviews and profiles but once in a while I love to feature places, events, and objects that we feel inspire creative personalities that appreciate art, design, music and pop culture. That's why when we checked out the beautiful pavilion designed this year by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA we knew it would be an interesting post.
With big shoes to fill following previous Pavilion architects like Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid, SANAA designed an organic shade structure fashioned from aluminum sheeting atop a series of columns, which seemingly hovers above gallery patrons like a cloud. The metal roof varies in height, wrapping itself around trees in the landscape, reflecting both the park and sky, celebrating the natural environment.
Describing their structure the architects say: ‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’
Sejima and Nishizawa have created a stunning Pavilion that resembles a reflective cloud or a floating pool of water, sitting atop a series of delicate columns. The metal roof structure varies in height, wrapping itself around the trees in the park, reaching up towards the sky and sweeping down almost to the ground in various places. Open and ephemeral in structure, its reflective materials make it sit seamlessly within the natural environment, reflecting both the park and sky around it.