Serpentine Pavilion: manufacture & build
Photojournalist Jude Palmer documented the progress of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion; from initial meetings with the architect, through production in our workshops, the build on-site and finally, the Press Launch.
Jude’s photos reflect the processes and people at work in the creation of Diébédo Francis Kéré’s pavilion. Close-knit collaboration between the architect, the Serpentine Gallery, AECOM and Stage One is what makes the commission work. What follows is a selection of her photos showing some of the people and processes at work behind the notoriously tight twenty-week manufacture and build.
The hands-on process begins in earnest early in the year when samples and mock-ups are made, detailed drawings produced, progress agreed and production begins. Manufacturing across all relevant departments follows, with production running alongside site preparation and installation.
Each year this project sees monumental skill, effort and tenacity from our workshop teams and on-site crew who never fail to rise to the challenge.