Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

Serpentine Pavilion

21 Jun 2019 to 6 Oct 2019

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

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Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion was made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appeared to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion was an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulated his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.

Describing his design, Ishigami said: ‘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. This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.’  

Junya Ishigami (b. 1974) worked as an architect at SANAA before founding the prize-winning Junya Ishigami + Associates in 2004. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010, he was the subject of a major and critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2018 that is traveling to the Power Station of art in Shanghai later this year. He is known for designs with dream-like qualities that incorporate the natural world, such as landscapes, forests and clouds, in an architectural practice that places humankind as part of nature.

He is the nineteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens. This pioneering commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid, has presented the first UK structures by some of the biggest names in international architecture. In recent years it has grown into a highly-anticipated showcase for emerging talent, from Frida Escobedo of Mexico to Francis Kéré of Burkina Faso and Bjarke Ingels of Denmark, whose 2016 Pavilion was the most visited architectural and design exhibition in the world.

Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and former CEO Yana Peel selected 2019’s architect with advisors Sir David Adjaye OBE, Lord Richard Rogers and David Glover alongside Julie Burnell (Head of Construction and Buildings, Serpentine Galleries) and Amira Gad (Curator, Exhibitions and Architecture, Serpentine Galleries).

Serpentine Pavilion Architect's Statement

The design for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion takes roofs, the most common architectural feature, as its point of departure and inspiration. It is reminiscent of roofing tiles seen around the world, bridging both architectural and cultural references through this single architectural feature. The roof of the Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a canopy that alludes to nature. It appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park. 

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 of rocks. This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.

The interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For me, the Pavilion articulates a ‘free space’ philosophy that is to harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. 

 

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Junya Ishigami and Jakob Kudsk Steensen in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist

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Architect Junya Ishigami and artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen discussed the Serpentine Pavilion 2019 and the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission in a conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries.

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Architect Junya Ishigami speaks about his design for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion. His interest in historic buildings constructed using traditional methods, and how they integrate with the landscape around them, have influenced the shapes and materials used in this design. Ishigami created a structure that resembles a blackbird flying in a rainy London sky.

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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuna 'Clit Nest' photo of people about to enter Pavilion.

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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuna, Clit Nest. Photo by Hugo Glendinning
COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuna 'Clit Nest' photo of event in Pavilion.

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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuna, Clit Nest. Photo by Hugo Glendinning
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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Cecilia Vicuna, Clit Nest. Photo by Hugo Glendinning
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Carrie Mae Weems Park Nights 2019

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Carrie Mae Weems Park Nights 2019

Carrie Mae Weems Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Carrie Mae Weems, A Meditation on the History of Violence, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
Carrie Mae Weems Park Nights 2019

Carrie Mae Weems Park Nights 2019

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Carrie Mae Weems, A Meditation on the History of Violence, © 2019 Hugo Glendinning
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Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Park Nights 2019

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Precious Okoyomon, The End of the World

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