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.

Sou Fujimoto - The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

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.


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