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Jean Nouvel to design 2010 Serpentine Pavilion

[FIRST LOOK] Jean Nouvel was today (23 March) confirmed as designer for this year’s summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery, London

The 2008 Pritzker Prize-winning French architect will be the 10th international designer to build the temporary structure on the lawns outside the art gallery in Hyde Park.

Nouvel’s ‘scarlet’ scheme features an auditorium, table tennis and a 12m-tall overhang. Last year, Japanese firm SANAA designed an undulating structure of reflective ‘floating’ aluminium.  

The commission is usually given to an architect who has yet to build a permanent structure in the UK. With Nouvel’s One New Change shopping centre opposite St Paul’s cathedral nearing completion, his appointment is a ‘close call’ on the behalf of Serpentine directors.

Julia Peyton-Jones, director at Serpentine Gallery said: ‘We could not be more thrilled that Jean Nouvel has accepted our invitation to design the 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the only commission of its kind worldwide that annually invites pre-eminent architects to complete their first build structure in England.

‘It is an honour to bring Nouvel’s globally acclaimed work to London for everyone to enjoy.’

More details and an explanation of the design (see page 20 of the background papers) can be found here in the planning application.

Previous designers include SANAA 2009:Frank Gehry, 2008; Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen, 2007; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, Arup, 2005; MVRDV with Arup, 2004 (un-realised); Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Toyo Ito with Arup, 2002; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001; and Zaha Hadid, 2000.

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