London is just awash with adventure this Summer. Not only is the city playing host to the Summer Olympics, but the Serpentine Gallery is presenting — as part of Festival London 2012 — its twelfth commission in the Gallery's annual architectural program. Open from June 2012 through to October, this year's Pavilion is the product of famed architectural duo Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion marks the first time this trio has collaborated on UK soil.
In a departure from past program's, this year's Pavilion actually allows visitors to analyze the history behind previous Serpentine Pavilion presentations. The design is absolutely extraordinary (just check these photos). For those of you wondering what exactly this great work of art is, here are the answers to the 5 W's on the project:
- Who: The architects who designed the 2012 Pavilion are Swiss design duo Herzog & de Meuron, and Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei. You may remember back in 2008 when the trio created the Bird's Nest Stadium for the Beijing Olympics.
- What: Annual program (in its twelfth year) put on by the Serpentine Gallery
- Where: The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion can be found on the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London.
- When: The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is open from June to October 2012.
- Why: Each year the gallery commissions some of the most famed architects in the universe to create a temporary, seasonal structure that is open to the public during the day and hosts events in the evening such as "Park Nights".
- Also, How: This year's structure was actually created beneath the gallery's lawn, with steps going down into a cork interior. The temporary building has twelve columns that represent each of the previous Pavilions as well as this year's, and also includes an eye-catching floating roof with a reflective pool. Incredible.