Photo by Iwan Baan
Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio’s innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on four large stones. The semi-translucent faux-boulder offers a day-lit sitting area near London’s Hyde Park.
In the past, the famous Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has been designed by a slew of famous architects and artists, including Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel and Herzog & de Meuron with Ai Weiwei. This year little known Smijan Radic Studio joins the heavy hitters with a transparent cylindrical structure that is slated to open on June 26, 2014. Each year, a new temporary pavilion is designed and built for visitors to Kensington Gardens as a state-of-the-art resting and concessions respite that stays on location for four months.
Radic’s design combines the futuristic look of a space ship with elements from the Stone Age. The pavilion reminds the viewer of England’s Stone Henge, as the main structure rests on four large rocks sourced from a quarry. The pavilion shell will be comprised of varying transparent layers made from fiberglass, allowing natural light to penetrate the shelter during the day. At night, when the interior is lit, the entire structure becomes a glowing mass within the park that seems to float above the grassy landscape.
Via Arch Daily