peter zumthor: serpentine pavilion now complete
jun 27, 2011
peter zumthor: serpentine pavilion now complete



serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst

located in london, england, the 11th serpentine gallery pavilion designed by swiss architect peter zumthor is now complete.
the current addition to the annual series, established by gallery director julia peyton-jones, joins the repertoire of commissions
which includes structures created by frank gehry, jean nouvel, and SANAA. funded through contributions by dedicated sponsors,
this location will host high profile public talks and events beginning july 1 through october 16, 2011.


visitor’s approach to the pavilion’s three entry points
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst

this work fulfills zumthor’s vision of ‘hortus conclusus’, an endeavor which focuses upon a synthesized experience between
architecture and vegetation. the pavilion is constructed with a lightweight timber frame and then wrapped with scrim and coated
with a black paste-and-sand mixture. upon traveling through a matrix of
dark hallways with intermittent streams of natural light,
this material gestures visitors attention away from the bustling city and towards the secluded intimate interior.


discreet entry portals
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst

upon entering the hidden central space, the open roof over the garden illuminates the courtyard while
seating around the perimeter
of the vegetation offers onlookers a pleasant view. this pavilion’s
enclosed pleasure garden is the product of an unprecedented joint
initiative with dutch designer piet oudolf. the carefully chosen flora produces an array of colors, fragrances and textures which consume
the individuals corporeal senses. additionally attracting butterflies and bees into
the space, this unexpected encounter with nature
redirects contemplation skyward creating a meditative atmosphere.


facade
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst

designboom published the schematic design for this project upon its recent release to the public.


interior hallway
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


interior corner
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


open roof over the central garden
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


circulation space surrounds focal garden designed by piet oudolf
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


circulation space surrounds the focal garden designed by piet oudolf
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


perimeter seating beyond garden
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


perimeter seating and flora detail
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


flora detail
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


flora detail
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


flora detail
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst


serpentine gallery pavilion garden – planting design by piet oudolf
serpentine gallery pavilion 2011
designed by peter zumthor
© peter zumthor
photograph: walter herfst

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