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Bjarke Ingels designs Lego-like pavilion for Serpentine Gallery in London

The pavilion will be up until October 9th
March 13, 2016 03:00PM


Bjarke Ingels and the Serpentine Gallery pavilion

The Serpentine Gallery has tapped starchitect Bjarke Ingels to design its pavilion in London’s Hyde Park.

It’s part of an annual tradition in which the gallery asks a bold architect to design its pavilion — last year, it was Spanish architecture studio Selgascano and the year before that, it was Chilean architect Smiljan Radić.

Now, Bjarke Ingels Group, which is designing up a storm here in NYC, has revealed its vision for the pavillion: a futuristic take on the “brick wall,” according to Wired. The firm will use more than 1,800 hollow rectangular fiberglass frames that are stacked like Legos to look like they are unzipping. The blocks curving outward and create an interior cavity for visitors.

Ingels says that he tried to design a structure that “embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both box and blob.”

The pavilion will be up from June 10 through October 9th. [Wired]Christopher Cameron