Spanish architects unveil a colorful, tangled web for the 15th Serpentine Pavilion in London

Architecture Art Design International
© Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano

(Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano)

The Serpentine Galleries has unveiled renderings for its 15th summer pavilion which it described as an “amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure.” The interactive and certainly bright installation is designed by the Madrid-based SelgasCano and comprises translucent, rainbow-colored panels woven into a webbing system. Visitors are encouraged to enter the pavilion and explore its “secret corridor” and “stained glass-effect interior.”

(© Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano)

(Steven Kevin Howson / SelgasCano)

“We sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, form, sensitivity, change, surprise, colour and materials,” SelgasCano said in a statement. “We have therefore designed a Pavilion which incorporates all of these elements. The spatial qualities of the Pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it. Each entrance allows for a specific journey through the space, characterised by colour, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes. This is accomplished by creating a double-layered shell, made of opaque and translucent fluorine-based plastic (ETFE) in a variety of colours.” After people have explored the colorful space, they will find an open space cafe sited at its center.

SelgasCano's Factory Mérida in Badajoz, Spain. (Iwan Baan)

SelgasCano’s Factory Mérida in Badajoz, Spain. (Iwan Baan)

Over the summer months, SelgasCano’s pavilion will become the stage and centerpiece of Serpentine’s Park Nights—a cultural event held every Friday evening. Previous pavilion designers include Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Oscar Niemeyer, Peter Zumthor, SANAA, and Toyo Ito with Cecil Balmond.

Architectural Digest recently reported that last year’s pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has been moved to the gardens of Hauser & Wirth Somerset a few hours outside of London.

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