The Serpentine Gallery in London has announced that its 2013 Summer Pavilion will be designed by 41-year-old Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.
Occupying approximately 350 square-metres of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's proposed latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery's colonnaded East wing. Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space - with a café sited inside - visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens.
Fujimoto is the thirteenth architect (and the third Japanese one following Toyo Ito in 2002 and Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009) to accept the invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Past architects involved in the initiative include Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000.
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