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.
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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