Lori Zimmer

Smiljan Radic's 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

by , 06/25/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery

Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, Smiljan Radic, Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Weiwei, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, green design, eco design, sustainable design, Kensington Gardens, temporary design, temporary Serpentine pavilion, chilean designPhoto 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.

Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, Smiljan Radic, Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Weiwei, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, green design, eco design, sustainable design, Kensington Gardens, temporary design, temporary Serpentine pavilion, chilean design

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.

Related: Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion 2013

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

Related: Herzog & de Meuron’s Pavilion with Ai Weiwei

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