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Video: ‘The pavilions are like experiments,’ says Bjarke Ingels

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In this exclusive video, BIG founder Bjarke Ingels discusses his 2016 Serpentine Pavilion which opened in Hyde Park last week (11 June)

‘The pavilions become little experiments for the architects to play with formal or tectonic aspects of their work in a slightly more pure setting’, said Ingels. 

Describing his 14m-tall pavilion, which is the 16th to be built on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn, he said: ‘The pavilion is conceived as a hybrid between a building and a piece of furniture.’

‘It is essentially a wall that has been pulled apart to create a hall inside. It creates a gateway that becomes an entrance and creates a great view of the Serpentine Gallery.’ 

He added: ‘When you look in one direction it is an orthogonal grid which is completely transparent and in the other direction it is an expressive, undulating curvilinear element that is opaque.’ 

The pixelated mountain has been joined by a further four summer houses designed by Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi, American/German firm Barkow Leibinger, Hungarian architect Yona Friedman and British star Asif Khan.

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