After Herzog and Demeuron, Gehry, Niemeyer or even Hadid it’s Sou Fujimoto‘s time to design the 2013′s Serpentine Gallery Pavillon. He will be the third japanese to answer the Gallery’s invitation but he will also be the youngest architect to have ever build one of these at the age of 41 (yes …).
The first pictures communicated by Sou Fujimoto Architects indicates us (to our great surprise…) that this white and bright pavillon will be quite immaterial in opposition to last year very heavy and wet slab set by our swiss neighbor. This light weight structure based on a 350sqm area will more act as a landscape infrastructure more than a regular architectural object as we could understand from the architect’s description.
“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. […] The Pavilion will be a delicate, three-dimensional structure, each unit of which will be composed of fine steel bars. It will form a semi-transparent, irregular ring, simultaneously protecting visitors from the elements while allowing them to remain part of the landscape. […] The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park. From certain vantage points, the Pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.”