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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 - Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.

For 12 years the lawns of the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park have been transformed by an annual series of  temporary pavilions by some of the worlds most significant architects and artists. This years structure was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. 

The design reveals traces of the preceding 11 pavilions and 'excavates'  the otherwise obscured geometries of the earlier buildings to propose a new submerged landscape; a composite of historical forms and structures..

The drawings describe this process and the generation of the building's form.

From the Serpentine;"This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.4 metres above ground. The Pavilion’s interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures."

Explore the earlier pavilions here

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