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The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 will be design by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He is the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery.
The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine`s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated announcements on the cultural calendar. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who design the inaugural structure in 2000.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide. Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto`s signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality.
Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions raging from the domestic, such as Final Wooden House, T House and House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University. He`s the third Japanese architect to accept the invitations to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, following Toyo Ito in 2002 and Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009.
Occupying some 350 square-meters of law in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto`s delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery colonnaded East wing. Design as a flexible, multi-purpose social space – with a café sited inside- visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London`s Kensington Gardens.
AECOM will be providing engineering and technical design services for the 2013 pavilion. This is the first Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for AECOM although David Glover, AECOM`s global chief executive for building engineer, has worked on the designs for a majority of the pavilions to date.
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, talked like this about working with Sou Fujimoto in the project: “We are thrilled to be working with one of the most fascinating architects in the world today. A visionary, who has conceived an extraordinary response to our invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Sou Fujimoto has design a structure that will enthrall everyone that encounters it throughout the summer.”
Information by: www.serpentinegallery.org
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