June 14, 2016
2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Designed by Bjarke Ingels
Brabbu presents 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, an outdoor contemporary art museum which will be open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, from June 10th to October 9th. Serpentine Gallery aims to exhibit modern architecture in a built form by commissioning architects to design a pavilion and Summer Houses at Kensington Gardens. This year’s chosen architect was Bjarke Ingels.
The Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), 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.
According to Bjarke Ingels, they tried to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous; modular yet sculptural; both transparent and opaque; both solid box and blob. And all of this with brick wall. At Serpentine Gallery Pavilion the wall is erected from pultruded fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other. The wall is then pulled apart to form a cavity within it, to house the events of the Pavilion’s programme. At the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while the bottom of it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the Serpentine Pavilion and undulating hillside towards the Park.
The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple – a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object.
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.
The Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was born in 1974 and heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York. Since 2009, Ingels has won numerous architectural competitions and awards.
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