London: Serpentine Gallery commissions Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron collaboration for 2012 Pavilion Series

February 7th, 2012


Herzog & de Meuron, Ai Weiwei outside their Beijing ‘Bird’s Nest.’ Via Bustler.

The Serpentine Gallery in London announced today that Chinese activist-artist Ai Weiwei and Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron will team up for the 12th annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission. The trio will translate their 2008 collaboration of the ‘Bird’s Nest’ arena at the Beijing Olympics into a twelve pillar pavilion in conjunction with the London 2012 Festival and the London Games. Unearthing the eleven foundations of previous pavilions, a new column will be placed on each, with the twelfth situated as a ‘wild card.’ 1.5 meters tall, the twelfth column will hold a floating platform roof, collecting water and creating a reflecting pool, while also offering the versatility of a ‘dance floor’ once drained.

See the previous eleven pavilions after the jump…


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, by Peter Zumthor. All remaining images via Serpentine Gallery.


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010, by Jean Nouvel


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009, by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, by Frank Gehry


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, by Rem Koolhass and Cecil Balmond, with Arup


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005, by Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond – Arup


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2003, by Oscar Niemeyer


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2002, by Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond, with Arup


Eighteen Turns, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2001, by Daniel Libeskind Arup


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2000, by Zaha Hadid

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Related Links:

Gallery Site [Serpentine Gallery]
Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron to Design Serpentine Pavilion [NY Times]
Ai Weiwei and Herzog to design London Pavillion [Financial Times]
Ai Weiwei to create underground design for Serpentine [BBC]
Ai Weiwei and Beijing stadium architects to make Serpentine pavilion [The Guardian]
Beijing Olympics dream team to take on Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park [Telegraph]
Ai Weiwei Reteams With His “Bird’s Nest” Buddies Herzog & de Meuron for Serpentine pavilion [Art Info]
Swiss Architects get Serpentine commission [Swiss Info]

Police and Fire

Honolulu Star – Advertiser March 10, 2012 | Anonymous Husband is arrested in attack on wife Honolulu police arrested a 26-year-old Wai?pahu man who allegedly tried to strangle his wife during an argument earlier this month.

The 25-year-old victim reported the March 3 incident to hospital officials, police said. Her condition was not reported.

Police said the suspect turned himself in Thursday night at the South Beretania Street police station and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder.

Man flees hospital after rooftop chase Honolulu police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who jumped from a three-story building in Makiki while trying to evade police and then fled from the Queen’s Medical Center, where he was being treated for his injuries.

Kenneth Wong, 44, stole a vehicle in Kane?ohe at about 9:10 p.m. Saturday and crashed it when police tried to stop him later that night on Ward Avenue, police said. He got away after fleeing on foot.

Police said Wong’s sister called police at about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday and said her brother was trying to get into her Pensacola Street apartment. When officers arrived, Wong ran and tried jumping from rooftop to rooftop, police said. Two officers were injured while trying to stop Wong. in our site big island hawaii

Wong was arrested after he jumped from a three-story walkup and was injured. He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Center, and officers arranged for the hospital to call detectives when he was ready to be released.

At about 6 p.m. Wednesday a witness saw Wong run from the hospital without permission with medical equipment still attached to his arm, police said. here big island hawaii

Wong is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for investigation of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, failure to render aid, promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME from a cellphone.

1,200 pounds of fruit stolen on Big Island Hawaii County police are investigating the theft of 1,200 pounds of longan fruit from several farms in Kurtistown on the east side of Hawaii island.

Twenty longan plants and more than 1,200 pounds of the fruit were reported stolen between Feb. 21 and Thursday, police said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call officers Scott Ama?ral or Sandor Finkey at 965-2718 or police at 935-3311. Anonymous tips can be made to CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

The fruit, also known as dragon’s eye, has a golden-brown skin with a translucent inner flesh, according to the website for Hula Bros., which ships longan from Kurtistown.

Police didn’t give a value for the stolen fruit, but, for example, Hula Bros. is selling an 8-pound case of longan for $64.95 through its website. The price includes shipping.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS Hawaii County police seek help in theft of ATVs Hawaii County police are investigating the theft of two all-terrain vehicles from a home in Laupahoehoe.

Sometime between Feb. 12 and 24, someone removed a light-green 2008 “Rancher” four-wheel Honda ATV, model 2RX420, and a red 2001 “Foreman” four-wheel Honda ATV from a home on Kiha?lani Homestead Road in Laupahoehoe.

The value of the ATVs is estimated at $10,000.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call officer Emerson Para?nada at 775-7533 or the Police Department’s nonemergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime?Stop?pers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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