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2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavillion by Jean Nouvel

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昨日Lidoでランチをした後、7月10日から10月17日まで開催中の、The Serpentine Galleryサーペンタイン・ギャラリー)の夏季限定パビリオンを、遅ればせながら見に行ってきた。


今秋、ヌーヴェルのイギリスにおける最初のメジャーな建築作品となるショッピング・センター「One New Change」が、セント・ポール寺院の近くにオープンするので、このパビリオンはその前の話題作りにちょうどいい。家から最寄りの大規模ショッピング・センターとなるOne New Changeの建設は、私たちにとっても嬉しいニュースで、そのオープンが待ち遠しい。

We went to see the annual Serpentine Gallery pavilion (10 July – 17 October), after having lunch at Lido yesterday.

This year is the Serpentine’s 40th Anniversary, and celebrates the 10th commission of the annual summer pavilion. The 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The entire building is rendered in a vivid red, contrasting with the surrounding green. It is passionate and powerful, and you can easily spot it from far. This is complete opposite to the last year’s quiet and modest SANAA’s pavilion. Is this because of cultural difference between French and Japanese??

This autumn, Nouvel’s first major permanent work in UK, One New Change shopping and office complex will open near St Paul’s Cathedral, and this pavilion is a good introduction before the opening. The opening of One New Change is great for us, as this will be our closest large scale shopping center.


The red color reflects the London’s telephone boxes, post boxes and busses. But more than that, his ‘red’ concept came from “that moment,” Nouvel says, “when the summer sun catches you full in the eyes and, as you blink, the world dissolves into red” (from the Guardian’s interview with Nouvel). It is so red and flickering, but invigorating and energizing at the same time.


The building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a sloped freestanding wall that stands 12m above the lawn.


The pavilion contains a large seating area, where people can relax, chat, and play chess at all-red tables and chairs. You can buy drinks and snacks at a café counter.


There are traditional French outdoor table-tennis tables outside the pavilion, which are also in red.

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