Jean Nouvel to design the 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London

March 26th, 2010

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 Designed by Jean Nouvel via Serpentine Gallery

Jean Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2008, is to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion that will open in July on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in London’s Hyde Park – the Pavilion will operate as a public space, a cafe and a venue for ‘Park Nights’ until October. Over the past decade, Nouvel’s challenge has been undertaken by a whole raft of architectural luminaries, including Zaha Hadid, Olafur Eliasson, and Frank Gehry. This year’s design is a contrast of lightweight materials and dramatic metal cantilevered structures. The entire design is rendered in a vivid red reflecting the iconic British images of traditional telephone boxes, post boxes and London buses. The building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12m above the lawn, sloping at a gravity defying angle. It experiments with the idea of play in its incorporation of the French tradition of outdoor table-tennis.

More images and related links after the jump….

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010, Interior

Related  links:
Serpentine Gallery Homepage
Architect Jean Nouvel: today the Serpentine, tomorrow the world [The Guardian]
Jean Nouvel, the Prince of Wales’s bête noire, picked for Serpentine pavilion [TimesOnline]
Jean Nouvel to build Serpentine Pavilion [Financial Times]
Serpentine Selects Jean Nouvel to Design Summer Pavilion [ArtInfo]