Explore the Serpentine Pavilion in Reality
Every year the Serpentine Gallery commissions an Architect to design a pavilion which will sit on its yard, greeting the hundreds of thousands of people who will visit over the summer months. This year’s Serpentine pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, is a complex sculptural form that can be constructed using simple geometric rules. The Pavilion is described by the Danish architect as “both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob” The Pavilion by day houses a café and free family activities and by night hosts the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians.
This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed as a soaring and curvaceous structure that returns to one of architecture’s most basic elements: the brick wall, resulting in a dramatic shift between a straight line and a three-dimensional space. In detail, the repeated brick geometry embodies the playful spirit of Lego and Minecraft. The design is based on the idea of an “unzipped” brick wall, recreated using hollow rectangular fibreglass blocks. As a whole, the structure fits together with the calculation and precision of an algorithm. “We liked this idea that, quite often, interesting things happen when you change seemingly incompatible elements and you combine them into a new hybrid – we call it BIGamy!” said Ingels