Design For 2013 Serpentine Pavilion Revealed

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 64 months ago
Design For 2013 Serpentine Pavilion Revealed
An apartment block in Tokyo, designed by Sou Fujimoto (Photograph: Iwan Baan)
An apartment block in Tokyo, designed by Sou Fujimoto (Photograph: Iwan Baan)

The Serpentine Gallery has revealed that this year's pavilion will be designed by the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

Each year, the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect who has never built in the UK before to design a temporary pavilion in Kensington Gardens. This year it is the turn of Fujimoto, at 44 a (relatively) young architect whose work, which is often inspired by the natural world, is mostly found in his native Japan (although he has technically worked in the capital before, designing the Barbican's Future Beauty exhibition in 2010).

Fujimoto's design for London comprises a 350sq m lattice structure of thin steel poles that will, according to the press release, "blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing". The Japanese certainly appreciate London's nebulous cumulus: the 2009 entry, by Sanaa, also played tricks with the clouds through its reflective surface.

The pavilion opens on 6 June and will be in place until 20 October.

Last Updated 14 February 2013


Anyone else old enough to remember the Doozers from Fraggle Rock? I think they'd have something to say about the originality of this design.

Tim Macavoy

I may have been watching Fraggle Rock this week... I may be 30... - who's up for producing a theatrical version and stealth performing it there?