Pavilion

Every summer, a temporary building springs up outside London’s Serpentine Gallery. It’s a work of architecture which leans heavily into the world of art. This year is no exception, thanks to Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his collaborators.

On the face of it, you’d call this a whole load of knitted-together boxes. The structure is 14 metres tall and attains a series of elegant and eye-bending curves, seems to change colour and is more than enough to keep you transfixed. It would be easy to take hundreds of shots.

A lot of people come to the Pavilion and seem to use it as a mesmerising pit stop. So it’s also a great spot for candids and ‘street’ photography, using the structure as very convincing cover. It’s here until 9 October – plenty of time to come and take a look.


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8 thoughts on “Pavilion

  1. Every year I want to go to the Serpentine exposition. And every year I miss it. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Mike. Now I’m a little bit at the exposition. I love the architecture of Bjarke Ingels. We almost had a building of his hand in Arnhem. Almost… It’s great to see people in the pavilion, you made good use of them in your photos. Nice to experience that handsome guys love modern architecture ;-)

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    • Thanks Koos, it was a pleasure to go there. My first time as well! There’s something irresistible about this installation, and it turned out to be nice to have people there – usually I dislike their presence! But is it art? I think so.

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      • Sometimes it’s nice to have some people in photos of architecture: to see how large a building is or to have some colour in a grayish environment. In this case it’s good to see how the installation is used by people. It’s not a static building, it’s an artwork that has to be used. To read in (or sleep in), to climb on. Or just to wander around and to see the contrast with the environment. Again, beautiful pictures!

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        • Thanks so much, Koos. And I completely agree. The guy who clambered up the boxes got told off by a security guard, although it was nice to be able to touch the installation and interact with it – made taking photographs from different angles much easier.

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  2. Love the way architects stretch the boundaries of the possible. Beautiful curves and some exquisite images, Mike.

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