Architectural photographer Iwan Baan has captured the colourful plastic-wrapped structure designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano for the Serpentine Gallery’s annual pavilion programme (+ slideshow).
Opening to the public later this week, the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was designed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano and consists of a double-layered plastic skin in a variety of colours, wrapped around a series of metal arches.
“SelgasCano have designed a pavilion full of colour,” said gallery director Julia Peyton Jones in an exclusive interview with Dezeen.
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“It’s a combination of different coloured plastics that reminded me of stained-glass windows when they first presented it to us,” Peyton Jones said. “It’s less to do with the extreme refinement of the process and more about things developing as they go along and the organic nature of their structure.”
At the centre of the pavilion is a meeting space and cafe area, with four “tentacles” providing various access points. Strips and sheets of fluorine-plastic fabric (ETFE) are layered to create different lighting effects when the sunlight shines through the walls.
Like its predecessors, the 2015 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is occupying a site in front of the gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.
The annual pavilion commission is awarded to different architects each year with the intention of providing the chance for them to create their first built structure in England.
Previous pavilion designers have included Peter Zumthor, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, SANAA, and Frank Gehry.
According to the gallery, the pavilion is one of the most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.
The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion will open on 25 June and close on 18 October. It will host a number of parties and public talks, as well as a series of evening events sponsored by fashion brand COS.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the pavilion programme, Dezeen will be publishing a series of exclusive interviews with director Julie Payton Jones, looking back at each of the designs.
Photography is by Iwan Baan.
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