The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Ai Weiwei, Herzog & de Meuron

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Ai Weiwei, Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei are responsible for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London. It will be the twelfth commission in the Gallery’s annual series.

This 2012 Serpentine Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.5 metres above ground. The Pavilion’s interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures.


Ahead of the opening of this summer’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, gets an exclusive look at the specially commissioned structure designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The dream design team responsible for the Beijing National Stadium come together again to create the team’s first collaborative edifice in the UK. Here, Pierre de Meuron talks about the joys of working with Ai Weiwei, while the infamous artist makes a special cameo to share his interest in combining art, design and architecture to introduce new possibilities and social change.

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