Did you know artist Ai WeiWei, and architectural team Herzog & de Mauren, have been selected to design the twelfth edition of the Serpentine Gallery’s Pavillion?
Every year, the gallery invites a renowned artist or architect who has not yet made a building in the UK, to design a temporary pavilion that hosts activities on the gallery’s lawn. Open to the public between June and October 2012, this year’s special edition will also be part of the London 2012 Festival and will be revealed during the Summer Olympics. Serpentine’s director Hans Ulrich Obrist describes this unique architectural collaboration as a mark of “continuity between the Beijing 2008 and the London 2012 [Olympiads].”
Their design intends to explore the hidden history of the previous installations, using 11 columns under the lawn of the Serpentine. A floating twelfth column floats 1.5 meters above ground, as the past surrounds the present.
Check out our Paddle8 rendition of what we think the pavilion may look like!
For more information on previous pavilions, check out the Serpetine Gallery’s website.