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Serpentine Gallery Unveils ‘Unzipped Wall’ Installation in London

Pavilion was created by the architects behind Google's new headquarters

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Serpentine Pavilion
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

The architects behind Google’s new headquarters, Bjarke Ingels Group, have revealed the latest Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion in Hyde Park, London.

The pavilion has become one of the top 10 most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world. This year, the pavilion is accompanied by four specially commissioned summer houses designed by architects as part of the Serpentine Architecture Program.

The commission to build the pavilion was conceived in 2000 by director Julia Peyton-Jones. Previous architects commissioned for the temporary structure have included the Spanish duo SelgasCano (2015) and conceptual designer Toyo Ito (2002).

The newly installed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)
The newly installed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

This year’s pavilion, described as an “unzipped wall,” is 46 feet tall and has been constructed using 1,802 fiberglass boxes. Architects from BIG explain that the structure “embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both box and blob.”

During the day, visitors can enjoy free family activities and a café within the pavilion. In the evenings, the space will transform into a venue for performing artists, writers, and musicians as part of the Serpentine Galleries’ Park Nights program. The annual event, which runs from June to October, features a series of live shows on art, architecture, music, film, literature, and dance.

The newly installed Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)
(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

The Serpentine Pavilion is open to the general public from June 10 to Oct. 9. Admission is free. For more information about events taking place during Park Nights 2016, click here. —Relaxnews