The Serpentine Galleries have announced that Spanish architects SelgasCano will design 15th Serpentine Pavilion, which will stand on Kensington Gardens during the summer of 2015 as a multi-purpose space to host conferences and social meetings, and a café.
The award-winning architecture practice from Madrid, formed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, are the first Spanish architects to be asked to design the temporary pavilion. This commission comes after last years’ pavilion by chilean architect Smiljan Radic, following the Serpentine Galleries’ recent shift towards lesser known architects to build the much-anticipated pavilion, in comparison to previous commissions to Pritzker-winners Rem Koolhaas, SANAA, Jean Nouvel or Frank Gehry, among others.
As usual, this will be the studio’s first building in the United Kingdom, and the design plans aren’t to be revealed until February 2015. However, the architects’ previous work offer clues as to the direction they may take when designing this contemporary architectural landmark. Although different in scale, all of SelgasCano’s works have a common link in addressing architecture’s relationship to nature, drawing inspiration from it and making it visible in colourful, light-filled atmospheres -often using synthetic materials and new technologies rarely applied in building construction. Projects such as the Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Centre, the El ‘B’ Cartagena Auditorium and Congress Centre, and Mérida Factory Youth Centre are a good example of innovative, unconventional ways of using plastic and industrial materials in architecture. Quoting Serpentine’s curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, SelgasCano’s architecture, “informed by playfulness and a passion for nature ensures that next summer’s pavilion will be very exciting“.
As quoted on Archdaily, the architects have already anticipated that next years’ pavilion’s main theme will be the construction with transparency as a material. “That ‘material’ has to be explored in all its structural possibilities, avoiding any other secondary material that supports it, and the most advanced technologies will be needed to be employed to accomplish that transparency. A good definition for the pavilion can be taken from J. M. Barrie: it aims to be as a ‘Betwixt-and-Between’.”
All information via Serpentine Galleries’ official statement December 2014.
Architect’s quotes via Archdaily.
All images by Iwan Baan.