Junya Ishigami Wins 2019 Serpentine Pavilion Design Competition

February 15th, 2019

Junya Ishigami’s Pavilion Design

The design for the 2019 edition of the Serpentine Pavilion has been announced, with Japanese designer Junya Ishigami tapped to execute a light, illusory design appearing as if it was quite hefty and overpowering. “Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric,” his firm said in a statement.

Junya Ishigami


Previously an employee at SANAA, the 44-year old architect was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, embracing a similar approach to lightweight appearances and subtle inversions of material logic.  He has realized similar exercises on his designs for the Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop in Japan and the House of Peace in Copenhagen.

Junya Ishigami’s Pavilion Design

The Serpentine Pavilion will open June 20th, and will serve as a home for various talks, screenings, and other programming for the museum.

Read more:
Japanese Architect’s Delicate Slate Canopy Is Chosen for Serpentine Pavilion [NYT]
Japanese architect Junya Ishigami announces plans for design of 2019 Serpentine pavilion [Archinect]