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

 

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 2012 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.

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedserpentine gallery pavilion 2012 designed by herzog & de meuronn & 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.

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedserpentine 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

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedserpentine gallery pavilion 2012 designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedserpentine gallery pavilion 2012 designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedserpentine gallery pavilion 2012 designed by herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © 2012, by herzog & de meuron and ai weiwei

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealednational stadium, beijing, china, the main stadium for the 2008 olympic games herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © iwan baan

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealednational stadium, beijing, china herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © iwan baan

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealednational stadium, beijing, china, the main stadium for the 2008 olympic games herzog & de meuron & ai weiwei © iwan baan

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedherzog & de meuron and ai weiwei bird’s nest – herzog & de meuron in china © 2008 by T&C film AG

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedjacques herzog (left) and pierre de meuronimage © 2011, marco grob

herzog & de meuron + ai weiwei: 2012 serpentine gallery pavilion design revealedai weiweiimage © ai weiwei

  • Briljant plan! Best concept I’ve seen in last years!

    Chris Collaris
  • kind of a student idea

    Aston
  • out Zaha-ing Zaha in her own town

    Eisenman, Tschumi and Liebskind eat your heart out!

    dbkii
  • This idea of recovering the palimpests of past pavilions is really quite ingenious. I really hope to see it executed well.

    Dom
  • these guys look like gangsters. It’s quite funny. Maybe get snoop dogg invovled as well to add some flava.

    idle_crane

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