The preliminary design for this years’ Serpentine pavilion project has been unveiled by Japanese duo Sanaa, as part of the gallery’s nine-year long tradition of commissioning artists such as Oscar Neimeyer and Rem Koolhaas to design the ever-popular summer-fixtures.
The design, unveiled two weeks ago is what the architects describe as ‘floating aluminium drifting freely through trees like smoke’, working ‘as a field of activity with no walls, allowing views to extend uninterrupted across the park and encouraging access from all sides’.
The project will be built on slim columns, helping it appear to float in the sky at the height of trees in some places, and almost drop to the ground in others, ‘so that people can use it as a table,’ said Julia Peyton-Jones of the Serpentine Gallery.
Peyton-Jones’ decision to commission architects that she describes as ‘pre-eminent’, and yet to debut in England means there will be plenty more exciting and fresh projects for years to come. All of the pavilions are self-funded projects lasting a maximum of six months from invitation to completion. It will be, according to the Sanaa, an ‘sheltered extension of the park (Kensington Gardens) where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.
How optimistic of the duo (and lets hope they turn out to be right), to think that we will have any of these this year!