Serpentine Pavilion 2013 - Sou Fujimoto

This year’s Serpentine pavilion by Sou Fujimoto is a beautiful exercise in dappled shade and filtered views.

Serpentine Pavilion 2013
Serpentine Pavilion 2013

With glorious weather, the white 3D grid of the Serpentine Pavilion was crisp against the blue sky, but it would look equally charming on a cloudy day.

I cannot wait to visit when it is raining: how will the fish scale-like plexiglass disks work as a roof?

I love the visual impact of Sou Fujimoto’s Serpentine Pavilion and how it sits at gracefully in the park. However, I am not convinced about the ergonomics and the flow of people. Could the designer have been inspired by the modular white tiered flowers of the nearby chestnut trees ? Or the gallery’s lantern as the source of inspiration?

It's great to be able to walk up the structure and reach the small platforms or so-named “seating areas”.  Seating platforms form part of the path through the structure, this is problematic as once seated people have trouble getting past. This does not provide the spontaneous and relaxing experience one would expect in a garden pavilion. Is this result bad or good design spoilt by health and safety? - (a few rather ugly handrails would suggest so!).

The small white bistro style tables and chairs provide pleasant seating under the layered canopy, but they seem an after thought more than integral with the design.

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