Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary structure in the park. This year, 41-year-old Sou Fujimoto will become the youngest architect to accept one of the world’s most sought after commissions. The cloud-like structure of steel poles will stretch over 350 square meters of lawn and create a transparent terrain exploring the pastoral context of the landscape. Forming an irregular ring, the latticed poles will simultaneously protect visitors from the elements while allowing them to still enjoy the park.
Like a mist rising from the undulations of the earth, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s design for the Serpentine Pavilion will incorporate the surrounding organic forms with geometric lines. From certain vantage points, the delicate installation will seem to merge with the classic lines of the Gallery, blurring the of where the building ends and the structure begins. From a distance, visitors will seem to be suspended in space among the delicate cloud. Two entrances will lead inside the Pavilion, where staggered terraces will provide seating for visitors.
Fujimoto stands as the youngest architect to accept the unpaid honor of envisioning the temporary Pavilion structure and the third Japanese designer. Last year’s project was created by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuronwho were also responsible for the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. Made primarily form cork, it was lit and topped with a platform of water that could be drained to allow space for events.
Fujimoto’s temporary pavilion will be open to the public from June 8 to October 20.