The Serpentine Pavilion; London Design Highlight Says Goodbye…

img_3247The architectural firm BIG is slowly becoming this year’s sensation. With the announcement of many BIG PROJECTS “changing the face of NYC” , London can be proud that it hosted for half a year a glorious pavilion which reflects the aesthetics and values of this firm.


Last weekend was, however, the final one for this fabulous architectural venue which seems to appear out of nowhere and after 6 months disappeared back to the mysterious darkness. The life of the Serpentine Pavilion ended last weekend. Nonetheless, the emotions it left in hundreds of visitors will live on for long…


I visited the Pavilion during the last week and was blown away by its unpredictable structure, shape and use of materials. The architectural team, called BIG, has done an amazing job incorporating the straight lines into the naturally (in its original sense) beautiful area of South Kensington Gardens.


The Pavilion is not only picturesque, or should I say was, but also very practical. It provided a space to share your time, thoughts and ideas with your friends and fellow co-workers, whilst scaring away the cold by drinking delicious coffee or tea…


Or enjoying the average wine from a plastic cup…


The most incredible part of the Pavilion was surely the inside, which served for the purposes of a cafeteria, to study and as a creative space to sketch, draw, design, write etc.


The fibreglass bricks allowed the visitors to have a look outside, staying connected with the surrounding nature whilst being protected by the building itself from rain and cold.


On this joyfully sunny day, The Serpentine Pavilion was a hub for all sorts of creative individuals, counting among themselves musicians, writers, painters and poets. People were gathering around this building to nourish their inspiration and to encourage one another to follow the trend.


Whilst many might have been sitting outside, chatting away, I approached these surroundings in my own way and had some pictures taken. For that day I chose a navy black&blue outfit which beautifully complimented the monochrome background whilst not stealing the attention from it.

The unzipped walls of the pavilion creates this unusual 3D space which encourages the innocent observer to repeatedly come back to its structures and try to understand how it all works and what makes this building give the impression of being so put-to-gether whilst seemingly falling apart.

And so I decided to let those irregular, unpredictable walls embrace me. I discovered in detail the sophisticated interior, which used the wall material as the indoor “furniture” and, thanks to the rare autumn sunshine, was also enriched of participating square-shaped shadows on the floor.

The setting was stunning and I would love this pavilion to stay in London a little longer. But hey ho, that is the beauty and magic of this city. An awful lot of things come and go and it is only up to us to make the most of them whilst they last…

I will be returning to Serpentine next year, probably even earlier because London always comes up with new, unpredictable ways of creating something special that has never been seen before in a place that has  previously been used for this purpose. The idea always comes in a brand new coat, contradicting any previous trends, loved and worshipped. That is how London approaches design and keeps the lead in the market.


Let us just keep our eyes opened and ready to explore the next big (or small) design way of turning “the fantasy into … reality”, (B. Ingels, 2016). London will surely not let us down.


With London Love,


Gabrielle xx


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