peter zumthor: serpentine pavilion now complete 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

  • Typical Zumthor, but still pristine and intriguing…

    thedisgruntledarchitect.wordpress.com says:
  • alotta pix of plants 😉

    LML says:
  • amazing

    BF says:
  • exquisite (as I would expect)

    the roof opening is almost Turrell-ish

    dbkii says:
  • Normally a huge fan of Zumthor’s work, but it seems like this is just a courtyard building with plants. There’s nothing particularly new about the experience and without plans I can’t really tell if there’s anything unique about the path leading to the courtyard, other than an interesting material choice.

    Chris says:
  • be good as a crematorium

    dadap says:
  • does anyone know if there a chance to see the man himself at some point this summer?…i would love to ask him a few questions while I am ‘expereincing’ his work 😛

    Zumthor fan says:
  • yesturday P.Zumthor was there. i work for the company Viabizzuno that has developped all the light. i suppose in september he ‘ll there for a conference.
    the pavilion is a pavillion can’t be compared to permanent structure.
    in my opinion the pavilion it’s amazing.

    FO says:

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