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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s Sparkling 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens Today!

Posted By Ana Lisa On May 31, 2012 @ 11:00 pm In Architecture,Art,Design,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei [1] sought to ‘uncover’ the past Serpentine Gallery Pavilions [2] by taking visitors underground. 13 columns, each representing a previous architectural piece (including this year’s), lift the structure just above the ground and support the water-filled roof. Right underneath the Serpentine’s lawn, visitors will discover a brown maze-like space made entirely out of renewable cork [3] that represents the soil.

The new sparkling pavilion [4] will be an oasis for relaxation this summer, providing an events venue and an artistic shelter from the sun. The use of cork underground also gives the space great acoustics, a rubbery tactile texture, and the distinct yet pleasant aroma of Quercus Suber (cork oak) bark.

A homage to the Serpentine’s 12-year old Pavilion program, Herzog & de Meuron and Weiwei’s inspired design is one to be discovered.

+ Serpentine Gallery Pavilion [5]

+ Herzog & de Meuron [6]

+ Ai Weiwei [7]

Photos © Iwan Baan

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/herzog-de-meuron-and-ai-weiwei-unveil-first-images-of-the-2012-serpentine-gallery-pavilion/

[2] Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: http://inhabitat.com/tag/serpentine-gallery/

[3] cork: http://inhabitat.com/delightful-cork-pinha-lamp-can-be-customized-in-a-snap/

[4] pavilion: http://inhabitat.com/nube-verde-will-bloom-into-lush-outdoor-pavilion-where-the-elderly-can-find-harmony-with-nature/

[5] + Serpentine Gallery Pavilion: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2012/02/serpentine_gallery_pavilion_2012.html

[6] + Herzog & de Meuron: http://www.herzogdemeuron.com/index.html

[7] + Ai Weiwei: http://aiweiwei.com/

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