Thursday, 19 June 2008

Frank Gehry Transforms Hyde Park


The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, which this year marks the first built project by legendary architect Frank Gehry, the chap who designed the Guggenheim Bilbao and Dance House in Prague. The 9th Serepentine Pavilion opens 20 July.

The spectacular structure is anchored by four massive steel columns and is comprised of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that create a dramatic, multi-dimensional space. Gehry and his team took inspiration for this year’s Pavilion from a fascinating variety of sources including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts. Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements will make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

3 comments:

neil said...

Looks amazing. Does anyone know what they are building in Russell Square? Not sure its Gehry but it looks like it might be interesting.

Daniel said...

I saw the building, it looks like a similar construction but i doubt its Gehry...

Lud said...

The structure in Russell Square is a smaller one and is part of the London Architecture Festival (you can google that) there are many new provisional structures all over the city. Also just around the corner in Bedford Square you will find the traditional AA School Pavilions.
I have a photo gallery of the construction of Gehry's building, you can see the scale of it here: http://www.0lll.com/serpentine