Bjarke Ingels to design Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

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Bjarke Ingels to design Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm BIG have been selected to design this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, while four other studios will create accompanying summerhouses.

Copenhagen- and New York-based BIG – whose built projects include the pioneering 8 House and the Danish Maritime Museum – will create the 16th edition of the pavilion, which is constructed every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

But for the first time, the pavilion will also be accompanied by four architectural follies. These will be created by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger; Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif Khan.

"After 15 years, the pavilion programme has expanded," explained Serpentine Gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist. "It now comprises five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 and 93."

The move, which marks Peyton-Jones' final year at the Serpentine Gallery, is intended to pay tribute to a nearby 18th century summerhouse.

"The pavilion, which will be situated on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, as usual, will be joined by four 25-square-metre summerhouses designed in response to Queen Caroline's Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734," said the directors.



"All projects have been thrilling to commission and will be equally exciting to realise. We cannot wait to unveil them all this summer," they added.

The Serpentine commissions a different architect to create the pavilion each year, offering them the chance to create their first built structure in England.

Previous designers have included Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron and Sou Fujimoto. Last year's pavilion was a colourful chrysalis of translucent plastic created by Spanish duo SelgasCano.

Photograph is by Jonas Bie.

  • kate

    Good news.

  • J

    Obviously.

  • H-J

    And next year the Pritzker…

  • picky

    He made it. He made it. ;)

  • Jan S

    The recent days of BIG-related news surely have been devastating for the architectural profession. With the Serpentine commission, we have yet another victory for senseless narrative-focused and super-commercial architecture. :-)

    • Kate

      Sorry, your comment is meant to be in relation to Thomas Heatherwick.

    • Milo

      Sorry, but you are describing something that falls half-finished out of Heatherwick’s office. Bjarke has got his stuff together!

      • picky

        Ha. One is bad, second is worse. No matter who. :)

    • Meme

      Is narrative-focused architecture necessarily bad?

  • and the winner is

    He is also going to win the Oscar instead of Di Caprio (just so you know). This guy is everywhere.

  • Jan S

    The recent days of BIG-related news surely have been devastating for the architectural profession. With the Serpentine commission, we have yet another victory for senseless narrative-focused and super-commercial architecture. :-)

  • Pat A.

    Comic book shirts = lovable Danish nerd. V-neck shirts and jackets = douchy Wall Street tool.

  • anil

    Indeed very devastating! I hope BIG come up with proper architecture this time, that’s all I can ask for. Sadly!

  • steph

    Let me guess, stacked blocks or a lifted ground plane?

  • GyRiu

    Jack Black of architecture? Not funny though.

  • WaxWing

    We continue to trust the design sense of a man who wears deep V’s and a jacket.

  • Durgen Jensen

    Bjarke Ingels is the Ronald Reagan of architecture.

    • Durgen

      Ronald McDonald.

      • max

        Donald Trump.

  • MR Hadid

    This is daylight robbery for someone worthy of such a project. London doesn’t need BIG and flashy, they need considered and tasteful. Dreadful choice.

    • DavidGoldiee

      There is always next year.

  • Arch Reem Yasir

    I hope to see an awesome project from BIG, not just a good concept with a glass box!

  • As the PR mastermind that he is, I’m sure he is aware of the pressure falling on his shoulders on this one. This time, being his own client, it will really be a true, exposed expression of himself.

    Hopefully it will be as innovative as his early work, before the explosion of fame and influx of projects led to a dilution of brilliantly thoughtful design into “senseless narrative-driven architecture.” I can’t image the result being any worse than SelgasCanos design though, woof.

  • agagnu

    This is his project, give him a chance. He is BIG. On the other hand as an architect he should be careful not to walk over other architects over abstract subjectivity – Foster’s New York tower, for example.

  • W. Sose

    Content-free architecture. All there is of mind is wind. A Xerox machine with a BIG button.

  • Kyle Thompson

    Is this guy the only architect in the world now?

  • why do i bother…

    What is wrong with my profession? Does anybody else sees this fellow as a phoney? Incredible, I’ve never seen a more mediocre architect in my life.

  • shockstone