Last night the girls and I attended the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 opening party, which was designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He is the 13th and, at 41 years old, the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery.
The most ambitious architectural programme of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine's annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated events on the cultural calendar. Spotted in the crowd: Princess Eugenie.
Occupying some 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles has a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that allows it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing.
Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space - with a café sited inside - visitors are encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion throughout its four-month stay in London's Kensington Gardens.
|© Sou Fujimoto Architects |
Image © 2013 Iwan Baan