There are many reasons to visit London. One of them is the recurring architectural summer exhibition in Kensington Gardens. The philosophy of the Serpentine Galleries is to introduce contemporary international architecture to a wider audience in the built form in stunning green surroundings instead of using models and drawings in a more traditional setting.
Acclaimed Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG) is the latest addition to a number of prominent names commissioned to design the prestigious annual Serpentine Pavilion – from Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry to Japanese Sanaa – and it is a unique opportunity to experience the work and visions of an architect that has never completed a permanent structure in the UK.
A complex space
The exhibition runs from 10 June to 9 October 2016 and is expected to draw more than 500 000 visitors across Kensington Gardens to visit the pavilion, a structure created to be explored both from the inside and outside. BIG decided to work with a basic element in architecture: the brick wall. It is erected from extruded fiberglass frames, unzipped as if there was a zip in the centre of the wall and thus transformed into a complex three-dimensional, cave-like space.
More than 300 m2 of Douglas planks from Dinesen add to the architectural experience of the dramatic, yet elegant monument. The pleasant feeling inside the pavilion is enhanced by the wooden floors and furniture made of Douglas fir, providing every surface with a warm glow and linear texture.
Other collaborators apart from Dinesen are Fiberline Composites, Sapa Extrusions Denmark and Akt II.