BIG unveils “unzipped” wall design for 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

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Danish firm BIG led by Bjarke Ingels has unviled its design for the 2016 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, featuring an “unzipped” wall to create a three-dimensional space.

The structure will be made from a series of box-like fibreglass frames that are stocked on top of each other, reminiscent of a brick wall.

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This wall then splits to create a curved opening to the pavilion complete with jagged edges.

Ingels said: “We have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob.”

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“This unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space,” he added. “At the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while at the bottom, it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the pavilion and an undulating hillside towards the park.”

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The structure is planned to feature a void at its centre that will include a café and an events space during the day, and the annual Park Night’s programme in the evening.

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“As you can see from the architect’s renders, Bjarke Ingels has responded to the brief for a multipurpose pavilion with a supremely elegant structure that is both curvaceous wall and soaring spire, that will surely serve as a beacon – drawing visitors across Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to visit the pavilion, the summerhouses and our major exhibitions by Alex Katz and Etel Adnan,” said gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Bjarke has also recently completed an art space in Abu Dhabi’s main port area, Warehouse421.

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