Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 / Jean Nouvel

© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

This just in from the Serpentine GalleryJean 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.

© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

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.

© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

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.

© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

Special thanks to the Serpentine Gallery for sharing this news with us!  The Pavilion opens on July 10 on the 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.

© Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault
© Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault

Admission to the Pavilion is free.

2010
by Jean Nouvel
July – October 2010

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 / Jean Nouvel" 06 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Aug 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=67566>

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    I was able to experience sejima’s pavillion first-hand last summer and all I can say is I am glad I was there then.

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