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Serpentine Pavilion 2010 : Architecture
‘The Heart Archive’ Serpentine Gallery design by Jean Nouvel and Christian Boltanski
17 Jul 2010
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 by Jean Nouvel
This summer the Serpentine presents the 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The Pavilion project, conceived by Julia Peyton-Jones in 2000, remains unique worldwide and has established London as an international site for architectural experimentation, challenging the world’s greatest living architects to present their best work to the British public for the first time.
The vivid red building by Jean Nouvel consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12m above the lawn, sloping at a gravity defying angle. It experiments with the idea of play in its incorporation of the French tradition of outdoor table-tennis and other games. Striking glass, polycarbonate and fabric structures create a versatile system of interior and exterior spaces. The flexible auditoria will accommodate the Serpentine Gallery Park Nights and Marathon.
Christian Boltanski’s Heart archive invites Serpentine Gallery visitors to contribute a recording of their heartbeat to the artist’s archive, within a specially designed booth. The resulting audio file is then added to Boltanski’s ongoing collection which is permanently housed on the uninhabited Japanese island of Teshima, which is part of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010
Jean Nouvel commissioned to design 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Jul – Oct 2010
Exclusive photos by Nick Weall added 19 Jul 2010:
In its 40th anniversary year, the Serpentine Gallery is delighted to announce that the 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is being designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. This is the 10th commission in the annual series. It will be the first completed building by Jean Nouvel in the UK.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission has become an international site for architectural experimentation and follows a long tradition of Pavilion designs by some of the world’s greatest architects. The immediacy of the commission – a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a unique model worldwide.
The design for the 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is a contrast of lightweight materials and dramatic metal cantilevered structures. The entire pavilion design is rendered in a vivid red that, in a play of opposites, contrasts with the green of its park setting. In London the colour reflects the iconic British images of traditional telephone boxes, post boxes and London buses.
The Serpentine Pavilion building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12m above the lawn, sloping at a gravity defying angle. It experiments with the idea of play in its incorporation of the French tradition of outdoor table-tennis. Striking glass, polycarbonate and fabric structures create a versatile system of interior and exterior spaces. The flexible auditoria will accommodate the Serpentine Gallery Park Nights and Marathon and the changing summer weather.
The Pavilion will host the 5th Serpentine Gallery Marathon, The Marathon of Maps for the 21 Century. Maps have a powerful hold on our imaginations, defining our understanding of geography, scale, space and ideas. Artists, writers, thinkers and scientists will present maps encompassing their experience of the world today.
Jean Nouvel is responsible for the design of over 200 buildings the world over, including the Copenhagen Concert Hall (2009); the Ferrari Factory, Modena (2009); Pavilion B at the Genoa Trade Fair (2009); 40 Mercer Street, New York (2008); the Musée du quai Branly, Paris (2006); the extension to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2006); the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis (2001); the Los Leeum Museum of Modern Art, Seoul (2004); the Torre Agbar, Barcelona (2000); the Culture and Congress Centre, Lucerne (2000), and the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (1989).
Jean Nouvel’s body of work is unparalleled in its innovation and range. His approach is characterised by a conceptual rigour, rather than by an overarching aesthetic. Nouvel emphasises research, analysis and discussion, creating designs that are highly individual to each project. A key part of Jean Nouvel’s process is his embrace of other disciplines, including music, literature and the moving image.
The Pavilion will also be the location for the Serpentine Gallery presentation of the renowned French artist Christian Boltanski’s acclaimed installation, Heartbeat. In this work, visitors are invited to contribute a recording of their heartbeat to an archive in a specially designed booth. The archive will be housed permanently on he uninhabited island of Ejima, Japan. The project has been ongoing since 2008 when it began as Les archives du coeur, a central installation in Boltanski’s exhibitions at Magasin 3, Stockholm, and at la maison rouge, Paris, as part of the 37th Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will operate as a public space, a café and as a venue for Park Nights, the acclaimed Gallery programme of public talks and events, attracting up to 250,000 visitors every summer. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion will open in July on the Serpentine Gallery lawn, where it will remain until October. Jean Nouvel will work with the structural design and engineering firm Arup, led by David Glover and Ed Clark with Cecil Balmond, to realise this project.
Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery, said: “We could not be more thrilled that Jean Nouvel has accepted our invitation to design the 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the only commission of its kind worldwide that annually invites pre-eminent architects to complete their first build structure in England. It is an honour to bring Jean Nouvel’s globally acclaimed work to London for everyone to enjoy.”
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary the Gallery are delighted the Serpentine Pavilion is being supported by Arts Council England.
Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London said: ‘Our Sustain fund was established to help support artistic excellence in the context of the economic downturn, and the Serpentine Pavilion is a landmark example – uniquely special to and beloved by London, and a key ‘moment’ on the international visual arts and architectural calendars. I am delighted that this grant, alongside our core funding to the Gallery, will help ensure a stunning Pavilion for 2010 that will inspire, intrigue and entertain everyone who explores it.’
Arup will provide all the engineering and specialist design solutions for the Serpentine Pavilion. Arup Director David Glover commented: “It is a privilege to support the Serpentine Pavilion programme again this year on its 10th anniversary. Ateliers Jean Nouvel are renowned for taking a rigorous and contextual approach to design which brings delight and surprise to all their projects. This year’s Pavilion is sure to be no exception.”
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010 Architect
Jean Nouvel (b. 1945, Fumel, France) studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. From 1967 to 1970, Jean Nouvel worked as an assistant and then as project manager to the acclaimed architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio. Jean Nouvel has headed his own architectural practice since 1970. In 1994 he established Ateliers Jean Nouvel, which is now one of the largest architectural practices in France with offices worldwide. Ateliers Jean Nouvel specialises in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape design, industrial design and interior design.
Jean Nouvel has been the recipient of architecture’s most prestigious honours, including The Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2008; the Wolf Prize in Arts, 2005; the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal, 2001; the Premium Imperiale Prize, 2001, and others. Jean Nouvel was made a Knight of the Légion d’Honneur in 2002, and in 1989 was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Commission
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission was conceived by Serpentine Gallery Director, Julia Peyton-Jones, in 2000. It is an ongoing programme of temporary structures at the gallery by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. The series is unique worldwide and presents the work of an international architect or design team who has not completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery’s invitation.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion architects to date are: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, SANAA, 2009; Frank Gehry, 2008; Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen, 2007; Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup, 2006; Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, Arup, 2005; MVRDV with Arup, 2004 (un-realised); Oscar Niemeyer, 2003; Toyo Ito with Arup, 2002; Daniel Libeskind with Arup, 2001; and Zaha Hadid, 2000. Each Pavilion is sited on the Gallery’s lawn for three months and the immediacy of the process – a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a peerless model for commissioning architecture.
Park Nights, the Gallery’s acclaimed programme of public talks and events, will take place in the Jean Nouvel Pavilion, and will culminate in the annual Serpentine Gallery Marathon that takes place in October. 2010 is the 5th anniversary of the Marathon programme. In 2006 the Park Nights programme included the renowned 24-hour Serpentine Gallery Interview Marathon, convened by Hans Ulrich Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas and was followed, in 2007, by the Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon presented by artist Olafur Eliasson and Obrist, which featured experiments performed by leading artists and scientists.
In 2008, Obrist led over 60 participants in the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, and 2009 saw the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon.
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About Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel architect is one of the world’s most highly respected architects, winner of the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale, the Pritzker Prize, etc.
Summer pavilion design in 2009 by SANAA : Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009 images
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