Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (same team responsible for Beijing National Stadium). Open 1 June-14 October.
This year’s Pavilion is full of symbolism as it shows the hidden history of previous Pavilions. The site has been used throughout many years for building temporary structures that have left a print under the topsoil. Visitors are encouraged to explore under the floating platform as if they were archaelologists.
The roof is supported by 11 columns, each one representing a previous pavilion. The material that covers every surface inside is cork, emulating an archaeological site. If one sits under the roof, one can feel the texture of the cork, notice the smell and how this material absorbs noise
The Pavilion is Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s first collaborative built structure in the UK.
The following picture from The Serpentine Gallery website shows the way the roof is not exactly in the central point. On the other hand the fine film of water reflects the shy in a very theatrical effect.
The interior of the pavilion shows the random disposition of 11 foundations. The result is chaotic but very clever.
Finally here is a very nice shot by Ewan Baan that shows all the elements. Notice the reflection of the Serpentine Gallery.
This year’s pavilion has been purchased by the billionaire Indian steel magnate Lakshmi N. Mittal and his wife, Usha.
Worth checking Iwan Baan‘s website. This Amsterdam-based photographer has a very extensive portfolio of architectural photography.