Being Built, Right Now, By Hand: the 2013 Serpentine Pavilion

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

So a week of handmade stuff? Well, lucky for us, most architecture projects rely on intensive bouts of construction by hand. Some projects are hand-ier than others, and there’s hand-y news about a very public work currently being pieced together by hand in Hyde Park. This Saturday, the latest iteration of the Serpentine Pavilion will open to the public. The temporary structure is commissioned each year by the Serpentine Gallery and this year’s Pavilion is designed by Sou Fujimoto.

And who knew that a white metal grid could look so much like a cloud. I’ve been following updates of the project’s construction on the Serpentine Gallery’s Facebook page (where I found the photos above) but there’s also a bevy of higher-resolution photos on Flickr taken by brazen photographers sticking their lenses in the gaps of the construction barricades that surround the steel cloud materializing in Hyde Park. Sou Fujimoto himself will be on hand this Saturday to celebrate the opening of the pavilion and to talk about his work. Expect glossy photos taken after the opening, but for the rest of the week, we’ll have to rely on images of the pavilion slowing being pieced together by hand.

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

Sou Fujimoto Serpentine Gallery Construction

Alex Dent

June 3, 2013 / By

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