London is a great source of inspiration for architectural photographers. Our photo team had a closer look at The Serpentine Pavilion this summer.
The Serpentine gallery have been commissioning artists to create magnificent pavilions ever since the year 2000, and for this year it’s no different.
The structure stands over 10 metres high and is made of rectangle cubes formed from fibre glass. Bjarke Ingels, the danish man in charge, and his company BIG created this abstract structure by digging deep into one of their biggest aspect’s of their work; “to create the extraordinary out of the ordinary”. In the case of this years pavilion, they decided to breakdown one of the simplest elements in architecture, the brick wall. They replace the ordinary red bricks with hollow translucent fibre glass blocks (which have a hint of aqua colour). The structure is formed as if a pulse of energy is going through two walls attached at the top, creating a wave like affect.
Inside, there is a seating all around and a mini café for light refreshments. It was designed as a “magnet for people all around London to come and enjoy” according to Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of Summer Programmes at The Serpentine Gallery.
For the first time in Serpentine history, the gallery will be accompanied by four Summer Houses. These structures, designed by Kunlé Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan, are no more than 100 metres away from the gallery and are the first in hopefully many that form part of the brand new expanded architectural programme at the Serpentine.