Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Serpentine Pavilion '09: SANAA

I wish I was in London this summer...

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 has been designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of leading Japanese architecture practice SANAA.

Starting mid-July until mid-October, this reflective, floating aluminum cloud will descend onto Hyde Park in London, just outside of the Serpentine Gallery. At the end of the exhibition, it will be sold to the highest bidder and removed.

Here's how the architects describe their project:

"The Pavilion is floating aluminum, 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."

Times Online has a nice little video about it

For those of you who can't make it to London, you can at least visit another one of SANAA's projects - the New Museum in Manhattan:

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