Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Summer 2009, by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

The Serpentine Gallery delivers another fascinating structure for the British public to contemplate whilst strolling through Hyde Park, London.  After lasts year substantial installation by Frank Gehry, this years pavilion has a much more transient atmosphere. Blending the boundaries between sculptural art form and a functional sun (if your lucky) / rain  shelter it certainly invokes a response from onlookers. I couldn’t help but feel that the most exciting interaction with the organic shaped aluminum surface was surely on the top. Unfortunately this was a privilege reserved exclusively for the cleaners!

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 works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’

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