Friday, 21 August 2009

The Summer Pavilion

This week I visited the Summer Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington.

It is designed by Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa from the Tokyo-based architectural firm SANAA. They also designed the New Musuem Contemporary Art Gallery in New York.

Describing their structure the architects say: ‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’

Every element of the design is well considered and perfectly crafted. This is SANAA's first built structure in the UK and I hope the first of many.

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