A spectacular building for the Hyde Park
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007, designed by the internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and the award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, of the architectural practice Snøhetta, is now open to the public and will remain on site until November 2007. The steel structure was built in Stemwede/Germany by the company Heinrich Rohlfing GmbH.
The Serpentine Pavilion 2007 is a spectacular and dynamic building made of steel and timber. A wide spiralling ramp makes two complete turns, ascending from the Gallery’s lawn to the seating area and continues upwards, culminating at the highest point in a view across Kensington Gardens and down into the chamber below.
Rohlfing get involved beginning of June this year. The 97 tons heavy steel structure was built entirely off site in Germany to enable the complex form to be accurate. It was then dismantled and shipped on eight lorries to London where it was re-assembled. Due to the very tight working programme this year’s pavilion was certainly a challenge for all working with.
The Serpentine Gallery is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Its Exhibition, Architecture, Education and Public Programmes attract approximately 750,000 visitors a year. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission, now entering its eighth year, is an ongoing programme of temporary structures by internationally acclaimed architects and individuals. It is unique worldwide and presents the work of an international architect. Participants in the past have been Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind.
This year the Gallery goes on and commissioned a design-team. The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is based in Berlin where he established Studio Olafur Eliasson, a laboratory for spatial research. Kjetil Thorsen is co-founder of Snøhetta, one of Scandinavia's leading architectural practices, with offices in Oslo and New York. The geometrical analysis was done by the office Dr. Switbert Greiner, Stuttgart/Germany.