Each year the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion at London’s Kensington Gardens is embellished by structures designed by pre-eminent architects from around the world. This year, the area is occupied by an installation designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of the design firm BIG. The undulating tower of fibreglass boxes demonstrates a brilliant transience in form and function.
The work comprises 1,802 elongated composite fibreglass hollow blocks stacked 14 metres high and held in place by aluminium struts allowing light to permeate through the structure generating rippling patterns throughout the interior. This years work is the 16th inspired work to occupy the Pavilion since the Gallery Series first began. Previous contributing architects have included Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, and Peter Zumthor.
Bjark Ingels heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York. BIG currently employs around 300 architects, designers, and builders who come from more than twenty five countries.