The annual Serpentine Galleries Pavilion is back, with a new temporary building. For 2016, the highly anticipated architectural and design exhibit features an ‘unzipped wall’ in Hyde Park that is made of 1,802 fibreglass boxes. Conceptualised by Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), the firm behind Google’s new headquarters, the pavilion will be open to the public from June 10 to October 9.
Standing at an impressive 14m, the structure resembles two walls of boxes that are moving away from each other. Architects at BIG, describe the exhibit as a structure that “embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both box and blob.” The pavilion was originally conceived by Director Julia Peyton-Jones in 2000, though she will be stepping down from her role in the programme. Other architects such as, Toyo Ito, and Spanish duo SelgasCano and the late Zaha Hadid have already tried their hand at building the pavilion over the years.
During the day, the pavilion will provide visitors with a range of free family activities along with a café, for those who wish to sit back and enjoy the fresh air. In the evening, the space will be used for performative works by artists, writers and musicians as part of the Serpentine Galleries’ Park Nights program. The annual event, will also feature a series of live events on art, architecture, music, film, literature and dance.
For more information on the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion, visit the Serpentine Galleries official website.
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