words Anna BatesThe Serpentine Gallery in London has announced the design of this year's summer folly by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA.
Described by the Japanese architects as a sheet of "floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke", the Serpentine Pavilion will be erected on the lawn by the Hyde Park gallery this June, where it will remain until October.
"Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings," says SANAA, who will collaborate with structural design and engineering firms SAPS and Arup to realise the structure. "It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing views to extend uninterrupted across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days."
Sanaa's pavilion follows previous designs by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry.
top image Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009, by Sanaa
picture © 2009 Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA