Serpentine Reveals Designs for this year's Pavilion

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Serpentine Reveals Designs for this year’s Pavilion

The Serpentine has revealed the designs for its expanded Architecture Programme for 2016: the 16th annual Pavilion designed by Copenhagen and New York-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). 



BY Ashley Tucker

March 1st, 2016


Introducing contemporary architecture to a wider audience, the Serpentine Architecture Programme presents a unique exhibition of contemporary international architecture in the built form. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dynamic structure that by day houses a cafe and free family activities and by night becomes a space for artists, writers and musicians.

“For the Serpentine Pavilion 2016, we have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob,” explain Bjarke Ingels Group.

“We decided to work oen of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. Rather than clay bricks or stone blocks, the wall is erected from pultruded fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other. The wall is then pulled apart to form a cavity within it, to house the events of the Pavilion’s programme. This unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space.”

Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn for four months and the immediacy of the commission – taking a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a unique model world wide. The brief is to design a 300-square-metre Pavilion that is used as a cafe by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night.

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Hero Image: Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Design render © Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Design render © Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Design render © Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Design render © Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group): Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010; Image by Iwan Baan

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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group): The Mountain, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2007; Image by Iwan Baan

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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group): Danish Maritime Museum, Denmark 2013; Image by Luca Santiago Mora

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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group): Audemars Piguet Museum, Le Brassus, Switzerland, 2014; Image by BIG

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BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group): Greenland National Gallery for Art, Greenland, 2010; Image by BIG and Glessner

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Bjarke Ingels; Portrait by Jonas Bie

 

 


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