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SERPENTINE 2019: REINVENTING THE ROOF
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SERPENTINE 2019: REINVENTING THE ROOF

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A rocky canopy emerging from the ground is the essence of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. The architect is Jun’ya Ishigami and his design takes inspiration from a common feature in architecture: the roof.

serpentine pavilion Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion

Photo © AXT Magazine

 

This is no common roof, though. The pavilion is more a sculpted forest canopy, appearing so “light” that it could be blown away from the wind. In reality, the canopy is made out of 77 tonnes of Westmoreland slates supported by a grid of 106 pin-ended columns. The columns are arranged randomly to create a “forest”.

‘Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, the cluster of scattered rock levitates like a billowing piece of fabric’ – Junya Ishigami

The poetic structure emerges from the ground of the surrounding park, as it had grown out of the lawn, creating a refuge for contemplation.

serpentine pavilion

Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion

 Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion

Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion

Photo © AXT Magazine

serpentine pavilion

 Photo © AXT Magazine

 

For Ishigami, the Pavilion is the perfect representation of his idea of ‘free space’ in which he seeks unity between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.

 

My image is of a flying black bird in a rainy sky, with the stones as feathers, the roof as the wings and the columns as streaks of rain.”

 

Ishigami is the fourth Japanese architect to design a Serpentine Pavilion, following Toyo ito, Saana and Sou Fujimoto.

serpentine pavilion

 Photo © AXT Magazine

Previous Serpentine Pavilions:

2016 – BIG

2017 – Kerè

2018 – Frida Escobero

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