Gasp at Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Photo by Danica O. Kus

Now I know that this doesn’t look like your grandfather’s pavilion, but the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić is obviously quite the interesting looker.  It’s a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure resembling a shell and rests upon a series of large quarry stones. This year’s Pavilion — yes, that means there was a “last year’s” pavilion model — occupies 3,767 square feet of the Serpentine’s lawn and operates as the home to and inspiration for the Park Nights event series.

Radić’s design for the temporary Pavilion show inspiration from the architect’s earlier work, especially The Castle of the Selfish Giant, which was inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo – which is the part of the pavilion that is supported by large boulders. This design also follows — as well as contrasts — Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like Pavilion design that was visited by almost 200,000 patrons back in 2013.

Radić designed this structure to be a flexible, multi-purpose social facility, plus the Pavilion even houses a café. Visitors are encouraged to enter and interact with the structure in varied ways throughout its four month tenure in the Park. On specified Friday nights, between the months of July and September, the Pavilion will act as the stage for the Galleries’ Park Nights series.  Eight site-specific events will take place together to present art, poetry, music, film, literature and theory, as well as three new commissions by a select group of emerging artists.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic

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