‘It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged…what are the boundaries between nature and artificial things.’ (Sou Fujimoto)
Fujimoto is the youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment.
Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, his signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality.
Occupying the lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Fujimoto’s delicate, latticed structure of steel poles has a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that allows it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing.
Published on the occasion of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission, London, 4 June – 20 October 2013.