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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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DESIGNER
 
 
Smiljan Radic

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London Smiljan RadicThe Serpentine has commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design the Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014. Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. The commission is one of the most anticipated events in the cultural calendar, and has become one of London’s leading summer attractions since launching in 2000.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London Smiljan RadicOccupying a footprint of some 350 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell, resting on large quarry stones. Radic’s Pavilion has its roots in his earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story, and the Restaurant Mestizo, part of which is supported by large boulders. Design as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a café sited inside, the Pavilion will entice visitors to enter and interact with it in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in the Park. On selected Friday nights, between July and September, the Pavilion will become the stage for the Serpentine’s Park Nights series, sponsored by COS: eight site-specific events bring together art, poetry, music, film, literature and theory and include three new commissions by emerging artists Lina Lapelyte, Hannah Perry and Heather Phillipson. Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014 launces during the London Festival of Architecture 2014.

Smiljan Radic has completed the majority of his structures in Chile. His commissions range from public buildings, such as the Civic Neighbourhoods, Concepción, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago, Restaurant Mestizo, Santiago, and the Vik Winery, Millahue, and domestic buildings, such as Copper House 2, Talca, Pite House, Papudo, and the House for the Poem of the Right Angle, Vilches, to small and seemingly fragile buildings, such as the Extension to Charcoal Burner's House, Santa Rosa, The Wardrobe and the Mattress, Tokyo, Japan, and The Bus Stop Commission, Kumbranch, Austria.

Considerate of social conditions, environments and materials, Smiljan Radic moves freely across boundaries with his work, avoiding any specific categorisation within one field of architecture. This versatility enables him to respond to the demands of each setting, whether spatial constraints of an urban site or extreme challenges presented by a remote rural setting, mountainous terrain or the rocky coastline of his native Chile.
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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London Smiljan Radic
Smiljan Radic, designer of the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion, said
Smiljan Radic Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London“The Serpentine 2014 Pavilion is part of the history of small romantic constructions seen in parks or large gardens, the so-called follies, which were hugely popular from the end of the 16th Century to the start of the 19th. Externally, the visitor will see a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones. This shell - white, translucent and made of fibreglass - will house an interior organised around an empty patio, from where the natural setting will appear lower, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating. At night, thanks to the semi-transparency of the shell, the amber tinted light will attract the attention of passers-by, like lamps attracting moths.”
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Galleries, said
Julia Peyton-Jones Hans Ulrich Obrist Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London“We are thrilled that Smiljan Radic has designed the Pavilion this year. We have been intrigued by his work ever since our first encounter with him at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2011. Radic is a key protagonist of an amazing architectural explosion in Chile. While enigmatically archaic, in the tradition of romantic follies, Radic’s designs for the Pavilion also look excitingly futuristic, appearing like an alien space pod that has come to rest on a Neolithic site. We cannot wait to see his Pavilion installed on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn this summer.”
Serpentine Galleries Pavilion Commission
The Serpentine's Pavilion commission, conceived in 2000 by Director Julia Peyton-Jones, has become an international site for architectural experimentation and has presented projects by some of the world's greatest architects. Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Gallery's lawn for four months and the immediacy of the commission - taking a maximum of six months from invitation to completion - provides a unique model worldwide. Attracting up to 300,000 visitors annually, it is one of the top-ten most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.
Serpentine Galleries Pavilion History
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion LondonSerpentine Pavilion architects to date are:
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VIDEO
 
 

Serpentine Pavilion 2014: Smiljan Radić from Serpentine Galleries on Vimeo.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
United Kingdom
State
England
Region
South West
County
Somerset
District
South Somerset
Town
Bruton
Address
Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane
 
 
Telephone
+44.1749.814.060
Fax
+44.1749.812.061
Website
E-mail
somerset@hauserwirth.com
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ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Structures for public areas
Other architectural structures
Pavilions, kiosks, facilities
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2014 - 2014    
Realisation
2014 - 2014
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Smiljan Radic, "Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 'folly'", GA Document 129, september 2014, pp. 24-33
Smiljan Radic, "Padiglione per la Serpentine 2014 / 2014 Serpentine Pavilion", Domus 983, settembre/september 2014, pp. 122-129
Margaux Darrieus, "Un ovni pose dans les jardins de sa majeste / A UFO has landed in the gardens of Her Majesty", Moniteur Architecture AMC 235, septembre/september 2014, p. 22
Colin Martin, "Stone age futurism", ArchitectureNZ 5/2014, september-october 2014, p. 74
Cate St. Hill, "Rock, paper, scissors", Blueprint 335, july-august 2014, pp. 31, 114-126
Crystal Bennes, "Smiljan Radic", Icon 133, july 2014, pp. 44-46
Manon Pierre, "Smiljan Radic choisi pour la Serpentine / Smiljan Radic chosen for the Serpentine", Moniteur Architecture AMC 232, avril/april 2014, p. 24
Katie Gerfen, "Earth and sky: Smiljan Radic's Serpentine Gallery pavilion", Architect 4/2014, april 2014, "Front" p. 28
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CLIENT
 
 
Serpentine Gallery
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DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 350
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Intallation period in Serpentine Gallery: 26 June / 19 October 2013

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Installation in Hauser & Wirth Somerset: March 2015



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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Iwan Baan, John Offenbach
Drawings © Smiljan Radic Studio
Text edited by Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion London Smilja Radic



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