“It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged… what the boundaries between nature and artificial things.” Sou Fujimoto.
Adding a novel twist to one of London’s best-loved gallery, every year an artist is chosen to design and build a temporary structure outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.
The artist commissioned for making the 2013 building is the award-winning Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto. The iconic Japanese designer is the thirteenth architect to be selected for the Serpentine Gallery structure honour. At 41-years-old, Fujimoto is also the youngest architect to accept the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion project.
This year’s pavilion is made from a lattice of steel poles, which have been put together in a similar way that a scaffolder would erect scaffolding around a building.
The poles of Sou Fujimoto are however of a much more delicate appearance than that of common scaffold. The structure looks incredibly elusive and pristine, the sort of formation you might find in the Ice Palace at Superman’s parents’ abode. Or even outside a Walt Disney-style castle, whilst temporary repairs are quietly taking place so that the Sleeping Beauty is not disturbed from her slumbers.
So impressive is this construction that it looks like a building fit for virgins to marry in or a place where the world’s great peace leaders might meet to decide the fate of us all. Zeus, Thor, Mithras and Oden would look impeccable; each dressed in dazzling white as they hold council till dawn, sat at a glass table entwined by the Serpentine Pavilion.
Sou Fujimoto is the mastermind behind this sparse and heavenly structure.
In a description of his creation, Fujimoto said:
“It will form a semi-transparent, irregular ring, simultaneously protecting visitors from the elements while allowing them to become part of the landscape.”
It has to be said that in speaking of this wonderful pavilion in such an understated way, Mr Fujimoto has to be a modest man.
A series of different events will take place at Serpentine Gallery throughout the year, including the Rock on Top of Another Rock structure by the Swiss artists, Fischli and Weiss. Located near the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery, this eye-catching monument comprises of two large boulders that look like they are balanced on top of one another.
As for the delicate, transparent and latticed structure of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, you will have the chance to visit it throughout the summer and early autumn until it is finally dismantled on October 20, 2013.