The best Serpentine Gallery pavilions I've seen in a long time - Part 2
Last time we've experienced together the Serpentine Gallery's main pavilion, done by Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG). I promised you the "sequel" to this photo journal. So, let's begin! This year, along side the main pavilion, there were also a couple of summer houses for people to enjoy in a different location in Hyde Park. I found two of them more interesting (and more on point to what Detail Movement is all about) then the other ones, so I've decided to only show you these. But if you fancy seeing the other ones as well, you can found them out here. If by any chance you missed the first part, you can take a look here.
Serpentine Summer House by Barkow Leibinger
Inspired by a William Kent pavilion from the 18th century (that is gone now), this beautiful pavilion also provides 360° views of the park, as it's predecessor, which used to rotate mechanically, offering a panoramic view of the park. Constructed out of plywood and timber, this standing free installation is meant to be visible from all sides. The logic of the undulating loops (structural bands) follow the lines of the old Queen Caroline's Temple, and the idea of coiling a material in your hands. This installation has four structural "loops", 1st one being the benches on the ground, and finishing with the cantilevered roof (resembling a tree). Such a beautiful concept!
Serpentine Summer House by Asif Khan
By far my favourite installation out of the all of the summer houses! Also connected to the lost Queen Caroline's Temple, built by William Kent almost 300 years ago. I am a big fan of any concept that is related to a Japanese tea house idea, and this pavilion does not disappoint (probably, why I am very fond of this small pavilion).
"Through sun path analysis I realised that Kent aligned the temple toward the direction of the rising sun on 1st March 1683, Queen Caroline’s birthday. This effect would have been amplified by the reflection off the newly created Serpentine Lake. We can imagine that the Serpentine Lake itself may have been designed to amplify this annual moment, a landscape-sized mirror to reflect the sun, a possibility which John Rennie’s 1826 bridge obscures.
In our Summer House design, a polished metal platform and roof provide an intimate experience of this lost moment for the visitor. Conceived as a Tea House, the project is designed to offer new experiences of the Park through dialogue with Queen Caroline's temple and the surrounding scenery" - Asif Khan explained for the Serpentine Gallery.
While I was photo shooting this installation like a crazy person, a lady was touring a couple of people inside the pavilion. I overheard the beautiful story that you just read above. These stunning white vertical elements (that blend so beautifully with the gravel on the ground), represent nature & the trees that grow to offer you shelter. They also allow see through views - so you are always in contact with nature, which let's face it, is the most important thing.
It might be a personal thing, but I fell in love almost instantly with this installation. I believe the contrast between the materials (wood, gravel, metal) and the colours (white, silver, green), plus the story, are the things that create this whole mersmerizing look.
Also, at the other entrance of this pavilion, on the ground, there are a couple of silver bars that represent moon stones. There is a permanent connection to the nature, space, time, Univers....it's just beautiful to think about. It makes me stop, think about my life and my connection to this Earth. And I think that whatever it is that is providing you (even for a split second),with a self awareness thought - it is GOLD, in this day and age, where everything happens so fast. It's so easy to forget about the beautiful things, about this beautiful space around us, about you.
This is it, detail lovers, you made it to the end of this photo journal! I know it has been a long journey, but if you've enjoyed it, then that is a plus. You just gain something. What that is, I cannot say. It differs from person to person. I believe that everything comes into our life to teach us something. Whether you use it now, or in years, or you remember in a couple of months, or it sparks an idea - it has done it's job. I might still be under the influence of the whole self awareness thing :).
I would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment, or drop me a line, whichever is easier for you, would love to know what you guys think. So I can go out and search more goodies for you! Until next time detail lovers!
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.