Serpentine Pavilion / BIG

A structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites.

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2016年,BIG为我们带来了一个兼顾多种 “对立”元素的蛇型长廊: 经过严谨计算的自由曲线,量产模块营造的独特雕塑感,在透明与不透明间变换的立面,以及由方形盒子组成的曲面空间。

For the Serpentine Pavilion 2016, 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 box and blob.

SERP_01_Image by Iwan Baan_original

建筑师从一个最为基本的建筑学元素——砖墙(Brick Wall)来出发,开展这次的设计。玻璃纤维制作的方型框架将其一个个堆叠起来,组成墙体。被拉开的墙体内部形成了蛇型展馆的展示和活动空间。拉开的墙面将线条转化为表面,再把扁平的墙体转化为空间。这个复杂的三维空间可以在内部和外部被探索和体验。建筑的顶部为一条直线,但在底部,却又成为了一个展馆空间,一条通往公园的蜿蜒曲折的道路。

We decided to work with one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. Rather than clay bricks or stone blocks – the wall is erected from extruded fiberglass frames stacked on top of each other. The wall is pulled apart to form a cavity within it, to house the events of the Pavilion’s programme. The unzipping of the wall turns the line into a surface, transforming the wall into a space. A complex three-dimensional environment is created that can be explored and experienced in a variety of ways: inside and outside. At the top, the wall appears like a straight line, while the bottom of it forms a sheltered valley at the entrance of the Pavilion and an undulating hillside towards the park.

▽ 建筑生成过程,concept diagram

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▽ 立面结构示意图,façade structure

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The unzipped wall creates a cave-like canyon lit through the fiberglass frames and the gaps between the shifted boxes as well as through the translucent resin of the fiberglass. As a result, the shifting overlaps as well as the movement and presence of people outside create a lively play of light and shadow on the cave walls within.

The materials include wooden floors and extruded Fiberline profiles, providing every surface with a warm glow and linear texture – from the mesh of woven glass fibers to the undulating lines of the grain of the wood.

▽ 溶洞般的峡谷空间,cave-like canyon

SERP_04_Image by Iwan Baan_original

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This simple manipulation of the archetypical space-defining garden wall creates a presence in the Park that changes as you move around it and through it. The North-South elevation of the Pavilion is a perfect rectangle. The East-West elevation is an undulating sculptural silhouette. Towards the East-West, the Pavilion is completely opaque and material. Towards the North-South, it is entirely transparent and practically immaterial. As a result, presence becomes absence, orthogonal becomes curvilinear, structure becomes gesture and box becomes blob.

▽ 起伏颇具雕塑感的侧立面,undulating sculptural silhouette of the East-West elevation

SERP_06_Image by Iwan Baan_original


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Code: SERP
Date: 22/02/2016
Program: Culture
Status: Under Construction
Size in m2: 300
Project type: Commission
Client: Serpentine Galleries
Collaborators: AKT II, BIG IDEAS, Dinesen Gulve, Fiberline Composites A/S, SAPA Extrusions Denmark A/S
Location: London, United Kingdom

Partners-in-Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Maria Sole Bravo
Team: Aaron Powers, Alice Cladet, Claire Thomas, Daniel Sundlin, Jakob Lange, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Kristian Hindsberg, Kristoffer Negendahl, Lorenz Krisai, Maria Holst, Maxwell Moriyama, Rune Hansen, Tianze Li, Tore Banke, Wells Barber

Drawings: BIG
English Text: BIG
Chinese Text: gooood


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