I just couldn't wait for this book to turn up. The beautiful slate-based forms created by this architect, and this gorgeous book published alongside are just so intricate and so fitting and satisfying. This is one I'm treating myself to, for sure. — Staff Pick
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“A stone creates a landscape, and a landscape usually sits outside of a building. I tried to create this landscape that exists outside, inside the building itself.” — Junya Ishigami
Ishigami’s Pavilion design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world.
The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park.
Within, the interior of the Pavilion is an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation.
For the Japanese architect, the Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.
This beautiful, compact book is filled with the architect’s drawings of stones and his subsequent working-ideas for the Pavilion’s form.
Published on the occasion of the Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London (21 June – 6 October 2019).