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News: Frank Gehry’s Serpentine Pavilion

Gehry’s 2008 Serpentine pavilion. Image: artdaily.org/Iwan Baan

London’s Serpentine Gallery, whose program of internationally renowned architect-designed summer pavilions has seen constructions by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer and Toyo Ito, among others, grace its front garden, opens the latest pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry.

Toyo Ito’s spectacular pavilion from 2002. Image: magazineart-signal.com

This year, Frank Gehry has created a stunning structure with a vista that frames, and dwarfs the gallery, grandly emphasizing the triumph of the contemporary over the classical.

This is Gehry’s first built project in England.

“The spectacular structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup – is anchored by four massive steel columns and is comprised of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that create a dramatic, multi-dimensional space.”

Another view of the Gehry pavilion. Image: serpentinegallery.org

“Gehry and his team took inspiration for this year’s Pavilion from a fascinating variety of sources including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts.

Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s design for the Serpentine Gallery pavilion in 2005.
Image: trekearth.com

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, now entering its ninth year, is the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind, and is one of the most anticipated events in the international design calendar.”

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2 Responses to “News: Frank Gehry’s Serpentine Pavilion”

  1. Bill says:

    I can’t say that I like this. It looks unfinished to me. The Ito looks really crisp and clean, and the Siza looks flowing and organic, but this just looks like a pile. Maybe you really have to be there to get it, but in this case, I think I’d take the classical over the contemporary…

  2. Amrita says:

    I give it a thumbs up. I think it works as a summer pavilion – looks very organic and unfinished which the earlier post didn’t like but to me is right, given the context. I also like the Ito, didn’t like the Siza.

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