Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Design Revealed
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Tokyo-based architect, Junya Ishigami. The design features a gently sloping rock face of rough grey slate that appears to rise up out of the park landscape. Supported by slender steel columns, the slate will form a floating canopy, providing shelter and a venue for events throughout the summer.
‘My design for the Pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasising a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks.’
Ishigami is renowned and much lauded for creating experimental structures that appear to levitate, the solid and heavy seeming to float as materials defy physics and reflect nature in architectural form. You can see further examples of his work here.
This will be our eleventh pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery. Over the years we’ve worked with some incredible international talent on a hugely diverse array of structures. Ishigami’s design calls for exceptional precision in manufacture and installation. As put by Olly Wainwright in the Guardian: ”If the Serpentine’s fabricators can pull off Ishigami’s exacting standards, we will be treated to a touch of magic this summer.”