Lucía Cano and José Selgas have revealed their designs for the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion, which will open to the public on 25 June 2015.
Described by the Madrid-based architects – known for their use of colourful, inexpensive materials – as a “tribute” to the 14 other structures that have stood on the site, the images depict a sprawling, amorphous, double-skinned structure made of panels of translucent, multi-coloured woven membranes. Visitors will be able to enter through several entrances and walk along the space between the two skins. At the pavilion’s cetnre is a public area and cafe.
A render of the pavilion at night
“The spatial qualities of the pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it,” the architects, together known as SelgasCano, said in a statement. “Each entrance allows for a specific journey through the space, characterised by colour, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes.”
In January, Selgas told Icon that their design would respond to the “very strange space” it occupies. “We realised that this building will sit in a piece of garden of little interest,” he said. “It’s flat, empty and stupid to some point. So we wanted to create a building that has its own garden and feels like it belongs to and embraces the park again.”
José Selgas and Lucía Cano
At the time, they were in the middle of the “intense” and “stressful” process of entirely rethinking their original plans for the pavilion after understanding the limits and requirements of the brief. “We realised that we weren’t making a piece of art – it’s architecture that obeys a programme – so we had to start again, almost from scratch,” Selgas said. “Essentially, we’re building a theatre, in a royal park, where you sell alcohol. So the regulations are huge; it’s not like you can build whatever you want. We don’t have carte blanche.”
Read more about the pavilion design, SelgasCano’s recent project in London and the practice’s use of colour in Icon’s interview with Lucía Cano and José Selgas in our current issue, Icon 142: Colour, pictured below