Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008
Descripción Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008:
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 was the first built project in England by legendary architect Frank Gehry. The spectacular structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup – was anchored by four massive steel columns and was comprised of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that created a dramatic, multi-dimensional space. 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, which entered its ninth year with Gehry's structure, 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.
Frank Gehry said: 'The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are two elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.'
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director said:
'It is an exciting moment for London. Frank Gehry’s visionary Pavilion is remarkable and will be a landmark for the city this summer.'
Pavilion is the architect’s first built structure in England. He
collaborated for the first time with his son Samuel Gehry. Since 2001,
Peter Rogers, Director of Stanhope, has donated his expertise to all
aspects of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions and he continued to play a
major role. The Pavilion is a fully accessible public space in the
Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, attracting up to 250,000 visitors
every Summer and is accompanied by an ambitious programme of public
talks and events.
Text: Serpentine Gallery
Images: Iwan Baan