This just in from the Serpentine Gallery – Jean Nouvel’s pavilion is complete! In honor of the Serpentine’s 40th Anniversary, Nouvel’s pavilion is a bold and strong expression comprised of lightweight materials with dramatic cantilevers. Designing the pavilion allows international architects to experiment with different architectural ideas, and over the years, the commissions’ varied aesthetics have added to the thrill of the exposition. Nouvel’s bright red pavilion is drastically different from SANAA’S subdued silvery curvillinear form of 2009, and its vivid color contrasts the park’s greenery, immediately drawing the eye. More images and more about the new pavilion after the break.
The building’s geometric forms are clad with varied materials – some glass, others polycarbonate or fabric. The exterior and interior spaces are designed in a flexible manner to accompany different numbers of guests and adapt to the changing summer weather.
In addition to the pavilion’s primary role as a public space, it will also feature a café and serve as a venue for Park Nights, the Gallery’s acclaimed program of public talks and events. The design also includes traditional French outdoor table-tennis tables to encourage play.
Special thanks to the Serpentine Gallery for sharing this news with us! The Pavilion opens on July 10 on the Serpentine Gallery lawn, where it will remain until October. Jean Nouvel will be discussing the groundbreaking design of the Pavilion at a talk, on Monday 12 July at 5pm.