Movie: Jacques Herzog at the Serpentine
Gallery Pavilion

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Movie: earlier today, Jacques Herzog of architects Herzog & de Meuron gave us an exclusive, impromptu tour of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which opens tomorrow in London.

In the movie, Herzog explains his jealousy that the fact that his office had worked in London before ruled them out of the Serpentine commission - which goes to architects that have never built before in the UK - and his delight at the ruse employed by the Serpentine Gallery to get around this: by teaming up with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, their co-collaboraotor on the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, to form a team that satisfied the rules.

Herzog also explains why they decided to bury the pavilion in the ground beneath a raised pool of water and why they based the design on the imagined archaeology of the previous pavilions that had occupied the site.

See photos of the pavilion and read more about it in our earlier story »
See photos from the press preview this morning on on our Facebook page »
See the initial designs for the pavilion » 
See all our stories about the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilions »
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  • T.Sparks

    Insightful!

  • acdcdeniz

    switch to 5.40 in the video. Lightnings are too bad. I think this is the worst pavilion.

  • linda

    why mines does pause at 5:14 and no rest…

    • http://www.dezeen.com Dezeen

      Hi linda,

      It's working fine for us – is anyone else having problems?