Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary pavilion in the park. The structure will be up all summer, enjoyed by Londoners and tourists, and will be hosting a variety of events through out the summer.
This year is the turn of Japanese Sou Fujimoto, a 41-year-old who is the youngest architect to accept one of the world’s most sought after (but unpaid) commissions.
Fujimoto’s nebulous design is a gorgeous cloud-like structure made from a network of steel poles that stretch over 350 square meters creating a playful, geometric and translucent structure that can be explored and admired from every angle.
Forming an irregular ring, the latticed poles also protect visitors from the elements, while allowing them to still enjoy the surrounding nature.
The temporary structure was inspired by nature and organic structures and from afar it looks like a cloud of mist rising from the ground.
Naturally lighted, the see-through pavilion allows visitors to feel as though they were in nature. Visitors are encouraged to climb, sit and walk through it, engaging with the architecture and hopefully changing their relationship with the built environment for the better.
In a statement released just a few days ago, Fujimoto explains his unique nebulous design:
“For the 2013 Pavilion I propose an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse way. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two”.
Fujimoto’s temporary pavilion will be open to the public from the 8th of June to the 20th of October 2013.
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