london: serpentine gallery pavilion 2013

© serpentine gallery / photography: iwan baan [2013] - serpentine gallery pavilion by sou fujimoto 

london's iconic serpentine gallery continues its summer tradition, and has once again launched a rather stunning pavilion in its expansive 'back yard'. adorning the greens this year is a structure by lauded tokyo-based architect sou fujimoto. oroginally from northern japan, fujimoto relocated to the japanese capital to study and graduated from the university of tokyo in 1994. now leading his own firm, fujimoto is regarded as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, and has made a name for himself with structures that inhabit a space between nature and artificiality.

for serpentine gallery the japanese architect has designed a construction that comprises of latticed 20mm steel poles with a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance, and which allows it to blend, in an almost cloud-like manner, into the landscape against the classical backdrop of the gallery’s east wing. the pavilion is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space – mind you, for the first time it features a café inside that's run by fortnum & mason – and luring visitors inside to discover the space [open through oct 20]. location: serpentine gallery, hyde park [kensington].

© serpentine gallery / photography: iwan baan [2013] - serpentine gallery pavilion by sou fujimoto