Architect Tapped for 2019 Serpentine Pavilion


The architect for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion structure—a project erected each summer in London’s Hyde Park—has been selected as Japanese architect Junya Ishigami.


According to Serpentine Galleries, Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs. The design will be made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that “appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park.”

Inside, the interior is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation, which illustrated Ishigami’s “free space” philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.

“My design for the pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasizing a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks,” Ishigami said in a statement.

“This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.”

About the Architect

Ishigami worked as an architect at SANAA before founding the prize-winning Junya Ishigami + Associates in 2004. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010, he was the subject of a major and critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2018.

He is known for designs with dream-like qualities that incorporate the natural world, such as landscapes, forests and clouds, in an architectural practice that places humankind as part of nature, according to Serpentine.

He is the 19th architect to accept the invitation to design the temporary structure, which will be open to the public from June 20 to Oct. 6.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Asia Pacific; Color + Design; Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Public spaces

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