Construction was recently completed on Selgas Cano's 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, and new photos by Iwan Baan and NAARO reveal a plastic web of alien cocoon-like corridors. From above, the pavilion resembles a giant colored soap bubble floating through the Serpentine Gallery's gardens, or to some, it might also recall errant plastic grocery bags floating on the wind. Inside the pavilion, the play of light and angular patterns on the ground creates a head-spinning kaleidoscopic experience.
Selgas Cano are known for their playful structures, and this year’s pavillion is a network of cocoon-like corridors, created by an outer layer made of sheets of fluorine-plastic fabric (ETFE) and an inner layer of plastic ribbons. Between the two layers, there is a secret corridor where visitors will be able to walk, losing themselves inside the structure. According to the architects, “the spatial qualities of the Pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it.” The corridors come together in a central meeting area which will also house a café.
This is not the first space oddity to find itself on the Serpentine Gallery grounds for the summer. The 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, was a white papery ovoid that could have been inspired by an alien egg sac or a massive insect cocoon. This year’s pavilion is the 15th commissioned and housed by the Serpentine Gallery each summer in London’s Kensington Gardens. The gallery will host talks, events, and parties in the space until October 18 when the pavilion will likely be bought by a private buyer and moved to a more permanent home.