Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 in London, United Kingdom by Gehry Partners, LLP
August 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Gehry Partners, LLP
This temporary pavilion, the 2008 contribution to the Serpentine Gallery’s Pavilion series, is situated beside the museum on the grounds of Kensington Gardens in London. The 418 square meter pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure which acts as an urban street connecting the park with the permanent gallery building. Inside the pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden and steel structure to protect the interior space from inclement weather and provide shade on sunny days. The pavilion is much like an amphitheater, designed to serve as a place for live performances of music and art, as well as a setting for visitors to gather and relax.
The interplay between the exoskeleton of timber planks and the multiple glazed roof surfaces invokes imagery of striped park tent structures and catapults, capturing the visual energy of a place created from the juxtaposition of random elements. Though the timber pieces are stacked in a seemingly precarious way to give the pavilion a temporary feel, they help to define a floor area for performances, terraced seating, and elevated balcony platforms, in addition to serving as the primary structural system securing the glazed canopy above.
The covered interior space, which can accommodate about 275 people, will be open to the public from July 12 until October 19, 2008, allowing visitors to take a respite with access to a café. Terraced seating on both sides of the urban street is available to visitors as they walk through the pavilion, and two elevated seating pods are accessed from the perimeter of the pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street, and are also used as private viewing and dining areas.
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