2/14/2013

Sou Fujimoto Will Design the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion


The Serpentine Gallery chose multi-award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.  He will be the thirteenth and, at 41, youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery, the most ambitious architectural program of its kind worldwide.  Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid (2000).

Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment.  Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and cave, Fujimoto's signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality.  Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions ranging from the domestic, such as Final Wooden House, T House and House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University.


Occupying 350 square-meters of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's intricately arranged, lattice structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semitransparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing.  Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space- with a cafe sited inside, visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens.

In His own words Sou Fujimoto: "For the 2013 Pavilion I proposed 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.  A new form of environment will be created, where the natural and the man-made merge; not solely architectural nor solely natural, but a unique meeting of the two."