London’s Serpentine Gallery has selected Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto to design the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary structure open for four months starting in June. Fujimoto’s proposal for the Kensington Gardens site continues the architect’s exploration of transparent and organically generated forms with a cloud-like structure composed of 20-mm steel poles that intersect and form a delicate linear latticework to shelter a cafe and events space below.
In a public statement, the architect — who, at 41, is the youngest to receive the annual commission — described his scheme as “a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry. A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the manmade merge, not solely architectural nor natural, but a unique meeting of the two.”
The proposal for the prestigious project, awarded every year to an architect who has not yet completed a work in the UK, reflects Fujimoto’s radical experiments with the loosely defined spaces of House N and House NA. Fujimoto’s pavilion also reawakens us to the versatility of its site. Just last year, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Wei Wei transformed the space with a pavilion themed around an archaeological dig. This year, Fujimoto will bring us back above ground, perhaps even higher. The pavilion will be open on June 8 through October 20, 2013
Renderings courtesy the architects.
- Kelly Chan