Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to embrace romantic folly for 14th Serpentine Pavillion

| 13 March 2014

Chilean architect Smiljan Radic will create the 14th Serpentine Pavilion this summer

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A semi-translucent cylindrical shell, covering 350 square metres of the Serpentine’s serene scenery and appearing to rest on quarry stones, will be the design of Chilean architect Smiljan Radic this summer, creating the gallery's 14th Pavilion in a giant social and cultural space inspired by boulders and Oscar Wilde’s The Castle of the Selfish Giant.

Radic’s structure – where eight site-specific events, ranging from art and poetry to literature and music, will be held between July and September – will encompass a café and opportunities for visitors to interact with the shell.

Organisers will hope it repeats the success of last year’s cloud-like building, by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, which attracted around 200,000 people in one of the most popular pavilions since Zaha Hadid’s inaugural design for the lawn in 2000.

Radic sees his Pavilion as “part of the history” of “small romantic constructions seen in parks or large gardens”, comparing it to “the so-called follies” often seen between the late 16th and early 19th centuries.

“Externally, the visitor will see a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones,” he explains.

“This shell - white, translucent and made of fibreglass - will house an interior organised around an empty patio, from where the natural setting will appear lower, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating.

“At night, thanks to the semi-transparency of the shell, the amber tinted light will attract the attention of passers-by, like lamps attracting moths.”

  • The Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014 is at the Serpentine Gallery from June 26 – October 19 2014.

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Pics: Smiljan Radic Studio; Gonzalo Puga; Cristobal Palma; Hisao Suzuki
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