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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
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Junya Ishigami

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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park
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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park
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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde ParkThe Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.
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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde ParkJunya Ishigami (b. 1974) worked as an architect at SANAA before founding the prize-winning Junya Ishigami + Associates in 2004. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010, he was the subject of a major and critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2018 that is traveling to the Power Station of art in Shanghai later this year. He is known for designs with dream-like qualities that incorporate the natural world, such as landscapes, forests and clouds, in an architectural practice that places humankind as part of nature.

Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde ParkHe is the nineteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens. This pioneering commission, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid, has presented the first UK structures by some of the biggest names in international architecture. In recent years it has grown into a highly-anticipated showcase for emerging talent, from Frida Escobedo of Mexico to Francis Kéré of Burkina Faso and Bjarke Ingels of Denmark, whose 2016 Pavilion was the most visited architectural and design exhibition in the world.

Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selected this year’s architect with advisors Sir David Adjaye OBE, Lord Richard Rogers and David Glover alongside Julie Burnell (Head of Construction and Buildings, Serpentine Galleries) and Amira Gad (Curator, Exhibitions and Architecture, Serpentine Galleries).
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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park
Serpentine Pavilion History
The annual Serpentine Pavilion Commission has become a global platform for architectural experimentation, presenting projects by some of the world's greatest architects, from Zaha Hadid in 2000 to Francis Kéré in 2017. The brief is to design a temporary Pavilion that is used as a community hub and café by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night. Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Gallery's lawn for four months and the immediacy of the commission has made it a pioneering model worldwide.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion LondonSerpentine Pavilion architects to date are:
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Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde ParkThe design for the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion takes roofs, the most common architectural feature, as its point of departure and inspiration. It is reminiscent of roofing tiles seen around the world, bridging both architectural and cultural references through this single architectural feature. The roof of the Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a canopy that alludes to nature. It appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park.

My design for the Pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasising a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made of rocks. This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.

The interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For me, the Pavilion articulates a ‘free space’ philosophy that is to harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.

Junya Ishigami
Architect
February 2019



Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park‘We are thrilled to be able to share the designs for Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion – a structure informed by the natural world and situated in the middle of one of London’s greenest spaces: Kensington Gardens. The Pavilion and its accompanying programme will be central to the Serpentine’s General Ecology strand – an ongoing investigation into complex systems, interspecies landscapes and the environment. Alongside this year’s Pavilion, we are thrilled to simultaneously launch Serpentine Augmented Architecture, with Google Arts and Culture, where a winning submission for an unrealised project will be on display. Both projects bring to life a brilliant conjunction of experiments in technology and creative vision. We hope all visitors, of all ages will enjoy the spaces as we continue in our mission to bring art and architecture to the widest audiences.’

Hans Ulrich Obrist
Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director

Yana Peel
Serpentine Galleries CEO
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MATERIALS
 
stone, steel

Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park

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LOCATION
 
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Europe
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United Kingdom
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England
Region
London
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Greater London
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London
Address
Serpentine Road - Kensington Garden, Hyde Park
 
 
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2019 - 2019    
Realisation
2019 - 2019
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CLIENT
 
 
Serpentine Gallery
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STAFF
 
Project
junya.ishigami+associates
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Photo © Norbert Tukaj, Iwan Baan, Taran Wilkhu, John Offenbach
Drawings © Junya Ishigami + Associates
Text edited by Serpentine Pavilion
Courtesy of Serpentine Pavilion

Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2019, London, Kensington Garden, Hyde Park



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