Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Light, Airy Structure Brings Serpentine's Summer Fixture to Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Light, Airy Structure Brings Serpentine's Summer Fixture to Life

Article excerpt

Byline: Rowan Moore COMMENTARY

YOUR first thought as you approach this year's Serpentine Pavilion is "where is it?" Last year Frank Gehry erected thumping chunks of timber, and before him Rem Koolhaas put up an inflated Zeppelin. All you see now are some skinny poles and an inchthick sheet of aluminium.

This is intentional. The architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are "anti-monumental". They don't believe in sticking lumps of stuff in your face.

They don't even call this structure a building, but a "field", and that is what it feels like. It is something you wander in, its boundaries imprecise.

The reflective, curvy roof is also something like a lake, inverted and above your head, a surreal version of the nearby Serpentine. Or it could be big silvery leaf, arrested in mid-fall.

Above all it is a device for enhancing the beauty of the park. The reflections on the ceiling invert and amplify the lush greenery. "Rain," says Hans Ulrich Obrist of the Serpentine Gallery, "has never looked so beautiful" as when it runs off the edge of the pavilion roof, and seems to fall upwards in the reflective ceiling. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.