• Art of the Moment

    • The Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, was in charge of designing the ethereal structure in the gallery’s park this year.

    Inspired by clouds, the Serpentine Gallery’s new pavilion / 

    For thirteen years now, this prestigious London gallery has celebrated architecture and nature by commissioning an architect to design a pavilion in their gardens. Taking advantage of the summer, the space is used to socialise, listen to lectures and enjoy a few drinks outdoors, interactions that take place within this fabulous space.

    This year, the architect that had the honour of being selected was Sou Fujimoto, who at the age of forty-two is the youngest person to be commissioned with the project. The structure is an elegant framework of transparent cubes made with white steel posts. The architect’s mains source of inspiration is nature; his designs resonate with organic forms such as enormous caves, forests and nests. What he created for the Serpentine Gallery is spread over 350 square metres, and alludes to a monumental cloud of sorts, in which every level represents a multifaceted surface that can be used as a seat, table, etc. Additionally, the series of stepped terraces make the pavilion a flexible and adaptable space suitable for any purpose.

    In this way, the structure becomes a completely open stage that connects innovative architecture with the most essential aspect of our planet, nature. In the architect’s words “A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two”, in this way the Serpentine Gallery’s visitors will be able to enjoy an artistic awakening within Fujimoto’s cloud. 

    Tagged: architecture, Serpentine Gallery, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Sou Fujimoto, inspiration Credits: Image (I: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 Designed by Sou Fujimoto © Sou Fujimoto Architects / Image © 2013 Iwan Baan)