Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano have exposed their proposal for the 15th Serpentine Pavilion in London – a “chrysalis-like” construction created from colourful see-through plastic.

Occupying a room in front of the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, the temporary pavilion is envisioned as a series of linked spaces of various shapes and sizes, made from a double-layer shell of opaque and transparent fluorine-plastic fabric (ETFE) in an array of colours.

The plastic will filter the daylight like a stained-glass window, casting coloured light into the interior spaces, which include a central gathering region and cafe. An evening image presented by the architects exhibits the structure lit from within.

“We sought a way to let the public to expertise architecture via basic factors: construction, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, type, sensitivity, adjust, shock, colour and components,” explained the Madrid-based architects.

“The spatial attributes of the pavilion only unfold when accessing the framework and currently being immersed within it. Every single entrance allows for a particular journey through the area, characterised by colour, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes.”

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The fabric will be organized in panels, with strips of materials woven via or wrapped all around parts of the structure like webbing. The double shell will develop a corridor between the inner and outer layer of the pavilion, and visitors will be ready to enter through several openings in the sides.


SelgasCano are the initial Spanish designers to layout the short-term pavilion, which is commissioned and constructed each year by the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.

The duo are identified for combining new technologies and synthetic materials with an interest in the organic world, and typically use vivid colours and transparent surfaces in their tasks.

Their own studio is a see-through woodland tunnel, and a recently finished workplace refurbishment in London characteristics an orange plastic seating location that bulges out of the facade.

“In maintaining with their track record for playful patterns and daring use of colour, SelgasCano’s construction will be an extraordinary chrysalis-like construction, as organic as the surrounding gardens,” said Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones and co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The Serpentine commissions a different architect to produce the pavilion every single 12 months, supplying them the opportunity to produce their 1st developed construction in England.

Prior pavilion architects have included Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, Sanaa, Herzog &amp de Meuron, Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel. Last year’s boulder-like pavilion was developed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.

“We are very much conscious of the pavilion’s anniversary in our design and style for the 15th yearly commission,” mentioned SelgasCano. “The construction as a result had to be – without resembling prior Pavilions – a tribute to them all and a homage to all the stories told inside individuals designs.”

The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion will open on 25 June and close on 18 October. It will host a variety of parties and public talks, as properly a series of evening events sponsored by fashion brand COS. These will incorporate new commissions by artists Jesse Darling, Fleur Melbourn and Marianna Simnett.



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