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News: Jean Nouvel to Design Serpentine Pavilion

The pavilion, which will sit on the lawn of London’s Serpentine Gallery from 5 July – 20 October 2010, is to be designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The pavilion will bright red!


Jean Nouvel and his work. Image: defpoints.com

The building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12m above the lawn, sloping at a gravity defying angle. It experiments with the idea of play in its incorporation of the French tradition of outdoor table-tennis. Striking glass, polycarbonate and fabric structures create a versatile system of interior and exterior spaces. The flexible auditoria will accommodate the Serpentine Gallery Park Nights and Marathon and the changing summer weather.

Nouvel’s body of work is unparalleled in its innovation and range. His approach is characterised by a conceptual rigour, rather than by an overarching aesthetic. He emphasises research, analysis and discussion, creating designs that are highly individual to each project. A key part of Nouvel’s process is his embrace of other disciplines, including music, literature and the moving image.


Christian Boltanski, Heartbeat. Artinfo.com

The Pavilion will also be the location for the Serpentine’s presentation of the renowned French artist Christian Boltanski’s acclaimed installation, Heartbeat.

In this work, visitors are invited to contribute a recording of their heartbeat to an archive in a specially designed booth.

Jean Nouvel has been the recipient of architecture’s most prestigious honours, including The Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2008; the Wolf Prize in Arts, 2005; the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal, 2001; the Premium Imperiale Prize, 2001, and others. He was made a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur in 2002, and in 1989 was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.

More on Jean Nouvel, HERE and see past Serpentine pavilions, HERE.

2 Responses to “News: Jean Nouvel to Design Serpentine Pavilion”

  1. Alex M. says:

    This is not Canadian Art. Kitty doesn’t even work there anymore!

  2. AC says:

    True, but VoCA blogged about the Serpentine pavilions – one of our favorite things about London – several times before Kitty Scott worked there.

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