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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 ::: Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen.

About the photographs: 0lll has documented and published the construction process of the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion since 2002 when the Toyo Ito's project was build on the gallery's lawn.
With every pavilion we have tried different things, starting with Ito's when we had no idea of how the final product was going to look like, we concentrated on individual pieces and witnessed how these came together to create and indivisible whole.
For the Niemeyer building we stitched series of photographs to create panoramic images which showed the dynamic of the construction site and the relation of the pavilion with the landscape.
Having the chance to go high above the site with the use of a cherry picker during the building of Siza's pavilion and being able to look at the expanse of Hyde Park, the Serpentine and Kensington Gardens and we could easily imagine how wonderful it would have been to climb MVRDV's unrealised mountain pavilion of 2004. The pavilion by Siza and Eduardo Soto de Moura was particularly interesting to us because it seemed compact and introverted when seen from the outside but in fact its interior space expanded in all directions including the vertical axis.
In 2006, Rem Koolhaas' project was an anticlimax, the ballon was not the translucent entity promised by the architect's drawing and rather than the non-pavilion projected by Koolhaas we got the uber-pavilion in architectural scale and symbolic form. Nevertheless the building opened a new chapter in the gallery's "pavilion typology" the change from a summer building to a summer-fall building and the collaboration between an artist and an architect.

Serpentine Gallery - pavilion description: In 2007 the pavilion designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, of the architectural practice Snøhetta, will open in August and remain on site until November 2007. The Pavilion will act as a ‘laboratory’ every Friday night with artists, architects, academics and scientists leading a series of public experiments. The programme, conceived by Eliasson and Thorsen with the Serpentine, will begin in September and culminate in an extraordinary, two-part, 48-hour marathon laboratory event exploring the architecture of the senses.


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