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herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealed
may 07, 2012
herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealed


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

the collaborative design for the ’2012 serpentine gallery pavilion’ by basel-based architects herzog & de meuron and
chinese architect ai weiwei has been unveiled and will soon be constructed on the grounds of the serpentine gallery in london, england.
officially opening on june 1 and remaining open to the public through october 14, the structure will be the first by the team
to be constructed in the UK, following their previous joint venture for the national stadium in beijing, china.

visitors will submerge five feet beneath the kensington gardens to experience the hidden history of the preceding pavilions
of the annual series, represented by eleven columns. a twelfth symbolizing the current pavilion will support a platform roof
with a reflective surface of water which floats 1.4 meters above the recessed floor plane, visible to people on the lawn of the park above.
the water may be drained as needed transforming the roof into an impromptu dance floor or event space.


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

generating an archeological atmosphere, individuals will explore the underworld of the site while traveling back in time
to witness the expired existence of the previous structures. foundations from the circular, long, narrow and hollow building footprints
will be uncovered and reconstructed. the unique landscape from the layers of history inherently form places to sit and relax.
the interior will be clad with cork, a warm and sustainable material intended to evoke the imagery of excavated earth.


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

‘every year since 2000, a different architect has been responsible for creating the serpentine gallery’s summer pavilion for
kensington gardens. that makes eleven pavilions so far, our contribution will be the twelfth. so many pavilions in so many different shapes
and out of so many different materials have been conceived and built that we tried instinctively to sidestep the unavoidable problem
of creating an object, a concrete shape.’
  – herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei


serpentine gallery pavilion 2012
designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei


national stadium, beijing, china, the main stadium for the 2008 olympic games
herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© iwan baan


national stadium, beijing, china
herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© iwan baan


national stadium, beijing, china, the main stadium for the 2008 olympic games
herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei
© iwan baan


herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei
film still
bird’s nest –
herzog & de meuron in china © 2008 by T&C film
AG


jacques herzog (left) and pierre de meuron
herzog & de meuron
© 2011, marco grob


ai weiwei
© ai weiwei

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