Pavilion in the Park

By Lindsey Last edited 137 months ago
Pavilion in the Park

Today, a very marvellous structure opens to the public in Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by the Tate Modern sun maker, Olafur Eliasson, and award winning architect, Kjetil Thorsen has been described as a spinning top with

mind-bogglingly complex geometries and

a dark, spiralling ramp twisting around a shell-like auditorium, containing it within taut, twisting strings

Our first impression is that is looks like a helter skelter, urban, park shark about to extend its jaws but in a really fabulous looking way.

The temporary Pavilion will act as a public sculpture and laboratory until 5 November, hosting a series of sci-art public experiments, conceived by its creators, exploring the "architecture of the senses". When we find out what this means, we'll let you know.

Meanwhile, the FT notes that the Pavilion is just one of a spate of of mini guerilla style architectural interventions popping up across the city; the new and spiky St Paul's information kiosk, the cafe and loos by the GLA building and a tiny structure at the Truman Brewery. Architecture that doesn't take decades to materialise and isn't dependent on big city funding is clearly where it's at and the Bank Holiday weekend is a great opportunity to go and check it out.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is open until 5 November with public laboratories every Friday night. Visit the Serpentine website for more information.

Image courtesy of we-make-money-not-art's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 24 August 2007