09-07-2012

Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London

Ai Weiwei,

Luke Hayes, Iwan Baan,

London,

Pavilions, Gallery, Sport & Wellness,

The 2012 pavilion by architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese architect Ai Weiwei will be open to visitors until October 14, 2012, when it will be taken apart and added to the collection of magnate Lakshmi N.Mittal, who financed the work.



Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London
In an ideal link between the 30th Olympic Games, opening on July 27 in London, and the previous edition in Beijing in 2008, for which they designed the Beijing National Stadium, the team consisting of Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese architect Ai Weiwei designed the 2012 Serpentine Gallery pavilion.

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei?s project will welcome visitors under the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery and invite them to look under the surface of things and experience time travel through the history of the pavilions.
Previous pavilions have left a record of their presence on the lawn, and the architects invite us to discover the signs of their presence and sum them up in eleven columns, one for each pavilion, plus a twelfth one for the new project.
The columns support a round platform raised about 1.5 m above ground level containing a pool of water. The underground pavilion is about 5 m deep and is entirely covered with cork, an ecological, sustainable construction material.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Design: Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei, 2012
Location: London, UK
Dates: June 1, 2012 ? October 14, 2012
Images: © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, © 2012 Iwan Baan, © 2012 John Offenbach,  © 2012 Luke Hayes

www.serpentinegallery.org

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