Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami

Ground-breaking architecture

Arguably the most influential programme of micro-architecture in the world.

Edwin Heathcote

Since its inception in 2000, the Serpentine's annual architectural commission has become an internationally renowned showcase for experimental projects by some of the world’s greatest designers. This year, the 19th Serpentine Pavilion is hosting the work of Japanese architect Junya Ishigami – whose award-winning work combines fantasy elements with natural forms such as landscapes, forests and clouds.

Previous Pavilion projects have included celebrated interpretations from famous names such as Zaha Hadid, Ai Weiwei and pioneering architectural practice SANAA – and the 2019 design is set to continue the tradition of exciting and challenging work, with the architect describing his intention to create “an expanse of scenery like never seen before”.

If Ishigami’s earlier work is anything go by, visitors are in for a jaw-dropping treat. A design for the KAIT Studio in his native Japan consisted of 305 steel columns surrounded by glass and earned the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize. His 2010 Golden Lion-winning installation at the International Architecture Exhibition was composed of almost-invisible carbon fibre filaments. Ishigami’s Pavilion, meanwhile, will use huge slate tiles to create a dramatic, awe-inspiring canopy rising up from the landscape.

The 2019 Pavilion will feature a series of Saturday talks and tours including not-to-be-missed tour from curator Amira Gad on 28 September offering visitors a deeper insight into one of the most hotly anticipated architectural events on the international stage.

Ishigami’s work pushes the limits of materiality, visibility, tectonics, thinness, and ultimately of architecture itself.

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21 June – 6 October 2019


The Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA