Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by SANAA, Londen

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This year got Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA commissioned to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Kensington Gardens in London. The interesting about the the pavilion is its simplicity. The whole surrounding park is reflected in the aluminium roof of the structure, which is shaped to curve around the trees. The curved walls made of transparent acrylic and surrounds a cafe and auditorium.

Made of floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke… its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. No walls, it extends uninterrupted across the park with access from all sides. it is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’ -SANAA

The structure, whose free and open design co-founder Ryue Nishizawa, co founder described the open structure  as ‘a non-architecture idea, such as water or a rainbow, in a video interview on Architects Journal. The pavilion will be open to the public in Kensington Gardens from 12 july until 18 October, before being sold to a private buyer.

Previous designers for the Serpentine Gallery are Frank Gehry,Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen,Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, Arup, MVRDV, Oscar Niemeyer, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, 2001  and Zaha Hadid.

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Architecture photographer Iwan Baan has been documenting the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, click here for some great pictures!

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Photographs by Luke Hayes and Iwan Baan

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