Serpentine Gallery Pavilion - 2012 Herzog and De Meuron

[arch]AEOLOGY: Designing from past footprints

EXTRACTION - Herzog and de Meuron's approach to the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion

At the Serpentine Gallery at the Kensington Gardens, London, UK there is a rotating pavilion exhibit held in the "front yard". Every year one of the best architects in the world is selected to present an example of their manifesto on the theory and practice of architecture. In 2012, Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and their Chinese collaborator Ai Weiwei were selected to do just that.

I chose to focus on this pavilion because the master plan was "manufactured" off the figurative excavation of all the previous years foundations, walls and details-superimposed together. At that point Herzog and De Meuron began to define their own spacial interests off of the three dimensional push and pull of the pre existing elements and lines.

In my opinion, this is a very strong stance on an architectural pavilion; to express a new architectural intent on a site as the excavation of historically significant foundations. Not only is the a strong concept for the serpentine pavilion but I think in the architectural profession as a whole and as layers and layers of new projects cover the globe, architects can begin to think of their given site/ project as a metaphysical relationship with "the past".  


FINAL FORM - With a suspended pool this pavilion redefines the capabilities of design and form

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