has unveiled its design for this year’s , featuring a tall pointed structure made of interlocking fibreglass “bricks”.
The Danish architect’s design for this year’s pavilion was imagined as solid wall that has been “unzipped” to create a three-dimensional space.
It will be made from a series of box-like fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other, in a pattern based on a common brick wall.
The wall of fibreglass blocks splits to create a curved opening to the pavilion with jagged edges.
“We have attempted 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,” said Ingels.
“This unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space,” he added. “At the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while at the bottom, it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the pavilion and an undulating hillside towards the park.”
The tall white structure will have a void in its centre that will host a cafe and events space during the day, and the gallery’s annual Park Nights programme in the evenings.
The Serpentine commissions a different architect to create the pavilion every summer outside the in Kensington Gardens, offering them the chance to create their first built structure in England.
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“As you can see from the architect’s renders, Bjarke Ingels has responded to the brief for a multipurpose pavilion with a supremely elegant structure that is both curvaceous wall and soaring spire, that will surely serve as a beacon – drawing visitors across Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to visit the pavilion, the summerhouses and our major exhibitions by Alex Katz and Etel Adnan,” said gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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