Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto is the 13th architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for The Serpentine Gallery in London. Previous architects that has been invited include Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, Frank Gehry, Oscar Niemeyer and Zaha Hadid. In his architecture Sou Fujimoto is trying to re-inventing our relationship with the built environment. He is inspired by organic structures, and his signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. The structure will be made of of 20mm steel poles which will give a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance to the pavilion. It will blend, like a cloud, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing.
We are thrilled to be working with one of the most fascinating architects in the world today. A visionary, who has conceived an extraordinary response to our invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Sou Fujimoto has designed a structure that will enthral everyone that encounters it throughout the summer, says Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Serpentine Gallery.
For the 2013 Pavilion I propose an architectural landscape: a transparent terrain that encourages people to interact with and explore the site in diverse ways. Within the pastoral context of Kensington Gardens, I envisage the vivid greenery of the surrounding plant life woven together with a constructed geometry, says the architect Sou Fujimoto.