Famous for gathering new technologies with synthetic materials, Selgascano conceived a Chrysalis structure made from colorful see-through plastic.
With a series of connected spaces with disctinct shapes and sizes, the pavilion has a double-layer shell of opaque and transparent fluorine-plastic fabric (ETFE) in a wide range of colors.
Placed in front of the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens the plastic structure will help to filter the daylight, releasing colored light within the interior of the pavilion that will have a central gathering area and a cafe.
According to the architects “We sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, form, sensitivity, change, surprise, colour and materials (…) The spatial qualities of the pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it. Each entrance allows for a specific journey through the space, characterized by color, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes.”
The fabric will be arranged in panels, with strips of material woven through or wrapped around parts of the structure like webbing. The double shell will create a corridor between the inner and outer layer of the pavilion, and visitors will be able to enter through multiple openings in the sides.
The 2015 Serpentine Pavilion will open its doors on 25th of June and will be closed on the 18th of October. It will host a number of parties and public talks, as well a series of evening events sponsored by fashion brand COS. These will include new commissions by artists Jesse Darling, Fleur Melbourn and Marianna Simnett.
Previous pavilion architects have included Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, Sanaa, Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel. Last year’s boulder-like pavilion was created by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.