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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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DESIGNER
 
 
Frank O. Gehry

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Frank O. Gehry, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, London, Chateau La CosteThis spectacular structure, designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup, was the first built project in England by legendary architect Frank Gehry. Anchored by four massive steel columns, the Pavilion was composed of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that created a dramatic, multi-dimensional space.

Frank O. Gehry, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, London, Chateau La CosteFrank Gehry and his team took inspiration for the 2008 Pavilion from a variety of sources including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts. Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, which entered its ninth year with Gehry's structure, is the world's first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind, and is one of the most anticipated events in the international design calendar.

Frank Gehry said: 'The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are two elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.'

Gehry collaborated for the first time with his son Samuel Gehry. Since 2001, Peter Rogers, Director of Stanhope, has donated his expertise to all aspects of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions and he continued to play a major role. The Pavilion is a fully accessible public space in the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens, attracting up to 250,000 visitors every summer and is accompanied by an ambitious programme of public talks and events.
Serpentine Galleries Pavilion History
Since the commission was launched in 2000 by Director Julia Peyton-Jones, the annual Serpentine Pavilion – unique in terms of its conception, delivery and fundingmodel – has been designed by some of the world's greatest architects, including Zaha Hadid, Oscar Niemeyer, Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond. In keeping with the criteria of the commission, this will be the first built structure in England by Frank O. Gehry.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion LondonSerpentine Pavilion architects to date are:
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
France [France]
Region
PACA - Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
District
Bouches-du-Rhone
Town
Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
Address
2750 Route de la Cride
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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
2008 - 2008    
Realisation
2008 - 2008
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Colin Martin, "Frank Gehry. 2008 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London", Architecture NZ 6/2008, november-december 2008, pp. 112-113
"2008 Serpentine Summer Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London, UK. Frank O Gehry", GA Document 105, september 2008, pp. 8-21
Peter Kelly, Blueprint 270, september 2008, p. 27
Rob Gregory, "Gehry builds a pavilion", Architectural Review 1338, august 2008, p. 16
"Summer architecture", Domus 914, maggio/may 2008, p. 4
Lucy Bullivant, "Frank Gehry's summer pavilion", Architectural Record 5/2008, may 2008, p. 72
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CLIENT
 
 
Serpentine Gallery
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup
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STAFF
 
Collaborators
Samuel Gehry
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
Intallation period: June / October 2008

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Photos © John Offenbach, Nick Rochowski/VIEW 2014
Text edited by Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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Frank O. Gehry, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, London, Chateau La Coste



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