06 august 2006

The Serpentine Gallery 2006

The Serpentine Gallery i Kensington Garden i London inviterer hvert år en ledende arkitekt til å tegne en sommerpaviljong som plasseres på plenen utenfor galleriet. I år er det Rem Koolhaas og Cecil Balmond som har hatt dette oppdraget.

Blant de tidligere bidragsyterne finner vi Zaha Hadid, Daniel Liebeskind, Toyo Ito, Oscar Niemeyer og Alvaro Siza/Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The centrepiece of the design is a spectacular ovoid-shaped inflatable canopy that floats above the Gallery’s lawn. Made from translucent material, the structure is illuminated from within at night. The canopy can be raised into the air or lowered to cover the amphitheatre below according to the weather.

The walled enclosure below the canopy functions both as a café and forum for daily televised and recorded public programmes including live talks and film screenings in the Time Out Park Nights at the Serpentine Gallery programme. Highlights include two 24-hour interview marathons (convened by Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist) with leading politicians, architects, philosophers, writers, artists, film-makers and economists exposing the hidden and invisible layers of London.

The Serpentine Gallery

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