The 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by BIG, at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London consists of an "unzipped wall" in which a straight line of tubular fiberglass bricks at the top of the wall is split into two undulating sides, housing the program of the pavilion.
BIG's Pavilion is created from pultruded fiberglass "bricks," which let in light and views to the interior of the pavilion through each wall. The floors and furniture are constructed of wood which, along with the translucent fiberglass, provide "every surface with a warm glow and linear texture." From the inside, the offsets of each individual brick creates an interesting play of light and shadow which is visible from within.
Explaining his design for the pavilion, Bjarke Ingels says: "This simple manipulation of the archetypal space-defining garden wall creates a presence in the Park that changes as you move around it and as you move through it. The North-South elevation of the Pavilion is a perfect rectangle. The East-West elevation is an undulating sculptural silhouette. Towards the East-West, the Pavilion is completely opaque and material. Towards the North-South, it is entirely transparent and practically immaterial. As a result, presence becomes absence, orthogonal becomes curvilinear, structure becomes gesture, and box becomes blob."
Bjarke Ingels | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC 2016
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Producer | Out of Sync
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