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New Serpentine Pavilion Is A Steel Cloud That Grows From The Ground [Pics]

New Serpentine Pavilion Is A Steel Cloud That Grows From The Ground [Pics]
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Youngest architect yet designs a complex organic structure for the London design gallery.

Ross Brooks
  • 10 june 2013

The Serpentine Pavilion is a landmark feature of London’s art and design calendar. The responsibility of designing it this year fell to Sou Fujimoto and it seems he hasn’t failed to impress.

Situated in London’s Hyde park, the Japanese architect has constructed a huge 3D-grid made out of slender white steel bars that grows out of the ground. Constructed of  80cm cubes, many of which are further divided into 40cm cubes, allowing them to double as stairs and stepped seating. Railings on the exterior prevent missteps and visitors accidentally getting on to the roof, while guide-rails inside prevent any injuries from low ceilings.

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Prefabricated at a steel factory in York, Fujimoto’s design was then trucked to London in preassembled units that were bolted together on site by the engineers. It can also be deconstructed and reassembled elsewhere once it has served it’s purpose in Hyde Park.

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