This year’s Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park is designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). It is a very successful design. The appeal of the space comes from a feeling a clarity and pureness originated by a well thought through concept.
The church like shape gives a lot of height to the structure. Together with the clean lines of the design, it emphasises the pureness and the uplifting feeling of the space. As I walk away I hear people commenting how inspiring they felt inside the space.
The structure seems first simple and clear, but the more you study it, the more complicated you realise it is. Complex made simple = simplex is a very timely expression for the design. BIG architecture has always been relevant for the time, even futuristic.
Part of the successfulness of the space is created by very few elements and materials used. This creates a monotonic, almost meditative visual expression. Every detail is finished to the perfection.
The semi-transparency of the tile structure gives a very soft and soothing natural light to the internal space.