The beautiful design of the new Serpentine
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.
The 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London created by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. A cork-clad structure that allows visitors to move beneath the Serpentine's lawn and explore a hidden history of previous incarnations.
"Our path to an alternative solution involves digging down some five feet into the soil of the park until we reach the groundwater," say Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. "There we dig a waterhole, a kind of well, to collect all of the London rain that falls in the area of the Pavilion. In that way we incorporate an otherwise invisible aspect of reality in the park – the water under the ground – into our Pavilion. As we dig down into the earth we encounter a diversity of constructed realities such as telephone cables and former foundations."
A lovely video of people interacting with the space can be found here on Domus.
These ideas of making visible a ghostly structure of secret space resonates with the work of Studio Velocity and their House in Chiharada. Roughly translating as “a bottom floor with a view of the sky and a top floor that’s like a town” the plays on form and scale reflect a landscape inside the home.
Located in Aichi prefecture, the home derives it’s name from the way stairwells rise up in the living room to resemble buildings in a town.