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…
- S. Sveen
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]