Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by
Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Here are some photographs of the completed 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which opens to the public in London tomorrow.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

The base of the pavilion is sunken beneath the lawn of Kensington Gardens, where the imagined previously buried foundations of the past eleven annual pavilions have been  unearthed and lined with cork to form a network of trenches.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Twelve columns are positioned amongst these channels, representing each of the pavilions past and present, and supporting a circular roof.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

A pool of water covers the roof, but can be drained into an excavated well to provide an elevated viewing platform or dance floor.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Cork-covered stools shaped like mushrooms provide seating for visitors underneath this canopy.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

The temporary pavilion will be open until 14 October.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

See more shots from the press preview in our Facebook album.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Jacques Herzog gave us a private tour of the building earlier today, which we'll publish on Dezeen soon.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

The twelfth annual pavilion follows previous structures by architects including Peter ZumthorJean NouvelSANAA and Frank Gehry.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

You can see images of them all here, watch our interview with Peter Zumthor at the opening of last year’s pavilion on Dezeen Screen and read even more about the pavilions in our Dezeen Book of Ideas.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Photography is by Jim Stephenson.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

  • aho

    what about the fact that there were no foundations in the ground when they started digging? http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/serpentine-pavilio

  • ZumthorFanatic

    Looks awesome.

  • Ady

    My kid will be riding his scoot on top of dat!

  • Colonel Pancake

    I really like it.

  • martini-girl

    I am no H&dM fan and the awkwardness of the interior space is pretty ordinary.

    But the pool of water is exquisite.

  • Wow

    Best serp pav ever.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    They should have tried to make the roof/pool with a semi-transparent bottom, so all the water reflections would have projected inside the pavilion.

    • Wes Jackman

      Amazing idea. I second that completely

  • http://twitter.com/pedrormcrsantos @pedrormcrsantos

    giant stoppers for wine = chairs ! love it! :D

  • zizi

    pretty lame pavillion, although not as bad as Zumthor's.

    • Chris

      Zumthor's was beautiful. Crawl back under your rock.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530902561 Zizi Tops

        LOL, Zumthor's groupies are amazing…
        I like Z. but his pavillion is the worst. Period.

  • ppt

    Best pavilion ever.

  • mik

    why is there so many giant corks?
    is it me? I really hate this corks.

  • http://www.builtfabricblog.blogspot.com Rob

    What is with the floating disk? Maybe I really need to visit it in person. Does the concept actually enrich the built result in this case?

  • junihaoni

    i’m curious to know which part was ai weiwei’s idea and which part was herzog’s.

  • Imo.

    Real shame about the strictly enforced 'keep off the grass' signs, immediately ruined the sociable and relaxed atmosphere that was expected.

  • vertigo66

    Like it, but don't expect to see anyone dancing on the roof without extensive H&S barricades in safety orange stripes…. Love the giant corks/mushrooms, we need more psychedelic surrealism in London :)

  • farzad

    FA
    it is not a very smart act after SANNA's pavilion

  • http://twitter.com/sullytony @sullytony

    This is giant birdbath with about as welcome a pavilion as you would get in a tomb. Amazing what wealth and celebrity status produces.

  • Jackhammer

    I love H&deM, but this is their worst. No effort. I expected way more.

    It’s a dark subterranean space with a nice reflective pool above. It is not a welcoming pavilion where you want to spend any time. Bring on Thomas Heathwick next to shake things up.

  • Kirstie

    Not going to be so great for the visitors when the rain starts coming down.

  • Jackhammer

    Is it flooded yet?

  • eisuke

    It looks identical to the stuff that was proposed for King’s Cross! Theft?