Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013

Posted on June 23, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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This year, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, and it is quite different from the previous pavilions.

Since its opening, it has been receiving high praises from critics and I also think it is one of the best that I have seen in recent years. Even though I did like Jean Nouvel's bold, striking and slightly imposing pavilion in 2010 ( see below) , I think this pavilion works better overall because not only it blends well with the environment ( which is the architect's objective), it also feels spacious and comfortable whether you are sitting inside or out. A very sharp contrast from last year's!


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I was very disappointed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei's pavilion last year, it was very dark inside and boring to look at from the outside. I guess I expected much more from two of top contemporary working architects and the provocative artist. I actually felt that it was one of the least successful pavilion since the project begun, but that is just my opinion.


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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei's pavilion 2012


As always, architecture can be very subjective, but from what I observed at the site, people interacted very positively with the structure. Some were eager to explore ( both adults and children), some were happy to just sit on the steps and read, while others enjoyed the rather pricey coffee or tea ( catered by Fortnum & Mason) inside with their friends. Yet the most 'entertaining' part was when a Mainland Chinese photographer ( yes, I can tell) brought two 'models' and made them pose on the structure. One of them was wearing pink from head to toe, unsurprisingly, her sharp outfit made all heads turn. As it turned out, the pavilion is also a wonderful backdrop for aspiring fashion photographers!

Love it or loathe it? See it for yourself...


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Jean Nouvel's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010


The temporary pavilion will stay open until 20 October 2013.


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