SelgasCano: Serpentine Pavilion 2015
The Serpentine is delighted to present this new catalogue on the occasion of selgascano’s Serpentine Pavilion 2015, the fifteenth in the series of the Galleries’ annual architectural commission.
Selgascano’s practice is characterised by their distinctive use of bold colours, dynamic shapes and various synthetic materials and new technologies which underscore their exploration and experimentation within the field of architecture. The design of the Serpentine Pavilion 2015 is a dazzling structure made from steel and a multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) which is both transparent and reflective. The architects’ inspiration for the Pavilion not only came from the site in Kensington Gardens itself, but from the ways in which people move through London, notably the Underground with its many-layered, chaotic yet structured flow. The Pavilion has multiple entrances and inner walkways, offering a number of ways to stroll through and experience the colourful shell.
This unique publication includes a conversation between the architects Lucía Cano and José Selgas with Serpentine Galleries Directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Architecture curator Pedro Gadanho has contributed a new text that considers the vocabulary and context of selgascano’s previous buildings and practice. This publication also celebrates the commission’s quindecinnial with an essay by architect and writer Sarah Ichioka, which documents the trajectory and history of the Serpentine Pavilion series. In addition, this book charts the design process and production of selgascano’s Pavilion through models, sketches and photographs.
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