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2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavillion by Sou Fujimoto

2013年度のサーペンタイン・ギャラリー夏季限定パビリオン(10月20日まで)をデザインしたのは、トータルで13人目、日本人3人目となる、建築家の藤本壮介氏。過去世界に名だたる建築家が手がけてきたこの栄誉ある建築プロジェクトに、41歳の最年少で抜擢された(過去ブログ参照:2009年 & 2010年)。


The annual Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2013 (until October 20) is designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. He is the 13th in total and the 3rd Japanese architect to design this prestigious temporary architecture, and is the youngest of all at the age of 41 (reference: 2009 & 2010 articles).

This lightweight and semi-transparent latticed structure of 20mm steel poles is utilized as a multi-purpose social space. Visitors can sit down on acrylic discs of any level and enjoy reading, chatting or meditating. Or you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee at Fortnum & Mason café inside the pavillion. It’s not architect’s fault, but acrylic discs got dirty a little bit over time, and to me it looks better from outside, further enough to see the whole view. Also looking at the pavillion from different angles give you a different impression – not only see inside or from one point, but also go around (and around) when you visit.


I don’t like café staff’s T-shirt designed with fake tie & vest!