Constructed out of 1,800 fiberglass frames, this year's Serpentine Pavilion rises to over 14 meters high and is one of its most ambitious ever made. It has been previously noted that the pavilion resembles a building from Minecraft—the popular world building video game.
The former protégé of Rem Koolhaas, the architect Bjarke Ingels has done a stunning job of reimagining the annual pavilion commission, which effectively provides little more each summer than an intriguing location to host drink parties and events. The 41-year old architect wants the pavilion to embody his philosophy of ”Bigamy”, so that a ”wall becomes a hall… a gate becomes a space.”
The effect is quite mesmerizing and through the translucent fiberglass, blue-grey light filters down to the ground below. The pavilion was initially planned to be climable but the Royal Parks’ health and safety intervened and instead a guard rail has been set up to hinder any would be climbers.
This will be the final year of Julia Peyton-Jones as Serpentine Director, one of her final acts was to commission a series of summer houses. Four different architects were chosen and each were asked to respond to William Kent’s 18th century stone folly, Queen Caroline’s Temple, which stands not far from the pavilion. These will also be unveiled on Friday the 10th of June alongside the opening of the pavilion.