Al Weiwei

Serpentine Pavilion 2012

Opening a little earlier than usual I took the opportunity to visit the Serpentine Pavilion this weekend to get some descent images and avoid large numbers of visitors. 
Designed by Al Weiwei, Herzog and de Meuron the pavilion is open until the 14th October and is always worth a visit throughout the summer. 

This years pavilion space has been embedded into the ground. From a distance the first glimpse is a circular water filled form. From some angles this was difficult the see clearly but you are aware of subtle motions created by the different weather conditions and lighting reflecting from the roof.

As you descend down into the dark cork lined area the scent of the cork lingers in the air and   adds to the experience or sense of being underground from above a circular roof appears to elevate almost hovering in mid air over the space. 

As you enter the space the view looking out has been clearly framed very much like a landscape painting by the low hanging roof and line of the ground. You physically find yourself lower than ground level. This becomes more obvious and defined by the crisp grass line and the immediate change in light. 

What I liked about the space was the interior had
 been designed in such a way you could sit anywhere. The multiple layers acted as walkways seating or standing areas. There were no restrictions on how it can be used or how you navigate your way through. 
The bottle cork stools were the only clear indication of objects with a specific use and again can be repositioned to suit. The use of cork was interesting as it had been laid like tiling or brick but the surface was incredibly tactile, edges had been rounded and there were some great angular sections creating this sense of intrigue as you walked around and through.