If you are in London this summer…go visit the new Serpentine Pavilion. Every year since 2000 the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned a temporary architecture by a world leading architect, and for the 2016 edition the city of London called the Danish architect Bjake Ingels ( BIG studio).
Made by light fiberglass boxes, the pavilion is a stunning example of the relationship between architecture and its environment. Both opaque and transparent, the pavilion continually changes its shape and form while you explore it. It will never be the same.
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Its design is based on the idea of an “unzipped” brick wall, recreated using hollow rectangular fibreglass blocks. And the result that the architect achieved is simply unique, using only the power of repetition of a simple element and creating a wall that is transparent when viewed straight-on but opaque from an angle.
When you are inside, it is like if you have hundreds windows on the park around you and your perception of the surrounding continually change.
It is a great example of temporary architecture that effectively “talk” with the contest.
Located in Kensington Gardens, and available until November 2016, the pavilion also contains a coffee bar presented by Harrods: The Harrods Café, with a menu inspired to the classic British summer park picnic.
No better place for a sunny afternoon in the city this summer!
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