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Architecture firm Bava and Sons creates a rave-cave-meets-pavilion for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

“I was developing an environment for a happening,” explained Alessandro Bava, founder and principal of London-based Bava and Sons when describing the ethos of Pyramid 15, produced in collaboration with Liam Denhamer. The result is a Revlon red, Situationist-inflected rave-cave-meets-pavilion for events, gatherings, and spontaneous social interactions that debuted earlier this year at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery’s Future Contemporaries party.

In his practice, Bava muses on the relationship between technology and architectural form through site-specific exhibitions, cultural projects, and research. As a result, Pyramid 15 reflects his interest in how space and place can shape queer identities, especially at home, one of the most intimate places.

The precedent for Pyramid 15 is the bedrooms of the Renaissance palazzo, particularly those of 15th-century Italian humanist and condottieri Federico da Montefeltro. In the palazzo, the bedroom was a semipublic space with a sleeping alcove that afforded true privacy. It was modestly sized at approximately 43 square feet, but festooned with elaborate carved wood and tempera paintings.

For the Serpentine installation, built with help from creative agency My Beautiful City, Bava chose to “play on the connection with intimacy and the public within this context.” He extruded the boxy Renaissance alcove into a timber pyramid, an appreciative study in underappreciated non-Western architectural forms. The entrance is less than 20 inches tall, so once you’re in, it’s easier to stay than to leave. Walls are lit with LED strips, and a digitally printed carpet surrounds the installation to create a haptic, social space within the gallery.

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Zaha Hadid Puts her Curvilienear Spin on the Serpentine's New Sackler Gallery

Architect Zaha Hadid is finally putting her stamp on the city she has called home for over 30 years with one of her signature curvaceous designs. The London-based architect has designed the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens consisting of both a $14.5 million curvilinear extension and the renovation of the The Magazine, a brick building originally built as a Gunpowder Store in the early 19th century. The new tensile addition rolls up and over the historic structure and houses a new 120-seat restaurant and social space. The building is composed of tailored glass-fiber fabric, steel columns, and glass. This project is not only Hadid's first permanent building in London, but it is also her first permanent completed tensile structure to date. "The extension has been designed to complement the calm and solid classical building with a light, transparent, dynamic, and distinctly contemporary space of the 21st century," said Hadid in a statement. The Guardian reported that the firm designed the Serpentine's firm temporary installation in 2000, and then were commissioned to do another one, dubbed Lilas, in 2007 for "The Summer Party" fundraiser. "But what we have here now is absolutely Zaha's concept from day one. And it isn't just about galleries, it was about creating social space, and supporting the parkland setting," said Julia Peyton-Jones, director of the Serpentine, in a story featured in The Independent.