Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Yearly Creation of Space - the Serpentine Pavilion

Every year during the late summer months, the Serpentine Gallery in London erects a pavilion outside in the park. It is usually a famous architect or an architecture team. There is already a long list of buildings, of whom some have become very famous.
This year it is SANAA, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from Japan. The pair has developed a very distinct stile and are building icons of buildings all over the world. One of the most recent completed works is the new Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, opened in 2007. This years Serpentine Summer Pavilion is a free flowing open shape and mainly consists of a floor plate and a roof plate. Together with some very thin columns it defines the space. It seems that this kind of spatial experience is rather difficult for most of the visitors and they don’t really know what to do with, in or around it. Most people end up standing around the “object” and look at it.

The project of having a Summer Pavilion started in 2000. Clock wise from the centre.

2009 - SANAA
2008 - Frank Gehry
2007 - Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen
2007 - Zaha Hadid (temporary)
2006 - Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond
2005 - Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura
2004 - MVRDV (not realized)
2003 - Oscar Niemeyer
2002 - Toyo Ito
2001 - Daniel Libeskind
2000 - Zaha Hadid

Last years (2008) Frank Gerry Pavilion in a timeLapse

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