Siza And Souto De Moura’s 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Was “hugely Complicated”

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Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones remembers the problems involved in creating Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s complex, column-less Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura teamed up with engineer Cecil Balmond, who was then functioning for Arup, to design the 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

The Portuguese architects’ structure featured a big, column-free wooden canopy based mostly on a basic rectangular grid, which was distorted to develop an undulating kind.

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

“The canopy was really at a significant scale,” Peyton-Jones says in the film from our exclusive video series, which was filmed at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.

“It was designed as an evolution of the barrel-vaulted roof that was invented in Germany in the early 1920s.”

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

Altering the grid to produce a a lot more varied form made the canopy considerably harder to construct, Peyton-Jones says.


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“Each and every element of the canopy was distinctive,” she says. “On the face of it, it looked truly extremely simple. But, of program, behind it lay a hugely difficult series of decisions and mathematics and equations.”

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

Arup engineer Balmond was tasked with generating the design and style buildable. In contrast to the earlier yr, when MVDRV’s proposed artificial moutain was cancelled because of rising costs, Siza and Souto de Moura’s pavilion was successfuly finished.

“Cecil’s contribution was to translate the layout into anything that we could realise on the lawn,” Peyton-Jones explains. “He created very complicated software program for the design of the canopy.”

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Sylvain Deleu

The canopy was built from a series of interlocking timber beams, the initial time wood was utilised to construct a Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

The gaps in the grid have been filled in with panels of polycarbonate, every single of which hosted a cylindrical lamp, offering the framework a spiky search on the outside.

2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura Photograph by Richard Bryant

Inside, Siza and Souto de Moura’s pavilion featured a simple cafe and seating spot.

Here, the gallery hosted the initial Park Nights – a series of music, movie, dance and literature performances – which went on to become an critical consideration for the style of potential pavilions.


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“The Park Nights programme became really exciting and so integral to the complete method,” Peyton-Jones says.

Julia Peyton-Jones Julia Peyton-Jones. Copyright: Dezeen

This film was filmed by Dezeen at the Serpentine Gallery in London. All photographs utilised in the film and this story are courtesy of Serpentine Galleries.

Dezeen is hunting back at each of the gallery’s pavilions from 2000 to 2015 in a series of interviews. You can observe all the videos as we publish them on our YouTube playlist:


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