This year, the London Serpentine Gallery is celebrating its fifteenth pavilion commission with a colorful design by Spanish architectural team Selgascano Arquitectos. For the past fifteen years, the Gallery has called upon international designers who had yet to contribute to the UK’s architectural landscape to create a pavilion in Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine Pavilion 2015 is set to open on June 25th, and is sure to be a major hit among visitors.
The pavilion resembles something like a rainbow-colored earthworm sprawled out upon the grass. It was created with colorful opaque and translucent fluorine-based plastic which stretches in web-like fashion over the entire structure. Visitors can access the pavilion—which hosts a café and various cultural events throughout the summer—from different entrances, each of which offers a new experience and perspective.
When asked about the inspiration behind their work, the architects revealed that both the park’s lush nature and the chaotic, yet meticulous flow of the London Underground influenced the design.
Of the design of the Pavilion, Selgascano Arquitectos explained:
“When the Serpentine invited us to design the Pavilion, we began to think about what the structure needed to provide and what materials should be used in a Royal Park in London. These questions, mixed with our own architectural interests and the knowledge that the design needs to connect with nature and feel part of the landscape, provided us with a concept based on pure visitor experience. We sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, form, sensitivity, change, surprise, colour and materials”
The Pavilion can be visited from June 25th to October 18th 2015.