Heading into its 19th consecutive year, the annual Pavilion exhibition hosted by the Serpentine Gallery is an event that has all of London’s art enthusiasts awaiting in excitement. We’re definitely not the only ones anticipating seeing Junya Ishigami – internationally-acclaimed Japanese architect – reveal his design and architectural exhibit in the Kensington Gardens this June. The theme of his showcase? The roof. A structure that is often overlooked without much care or appreciation, it is the most common feature in the world of architecture and acts as the source of inspiration for Ishigami. Creating the illusion that the Pavilion’s roof will surface from the park’s surrounding ground, the architect will create a canopy arranged out of merged slates – exuding a naturesque feeling and articulating a harmony between structures existing in nature and their man-made counterparts, which is a crucial component in Ishigami’s work.
Open to the public as of mid-June and running until the beginning of October, the Serpentine Pavilion has to be an annual summer highlight in London’s world of art and design and has become a well-established event since Zaha Hadid’s opening project back in 2000. Since then, the gallery has hosted an internationally-renowned variety of talent, each presenting an individual take on designing a temporary Pavilion to fill the Kensington Gardens. A six-month process that turns a vision into an execution, it is a must-visit for anyone with a passion for architecture and structurally-innovative designs. Ishigami will use his free-space philosophy in creating the Pavilion in order to display one of his main principles seen throughout all his work, namely, to push the boundaries and challenge current architectural methodologies. The final countdown has begun until we finally get to view and experience what this talented architect has created – and by the look of his other works, we’re sure it will be everything we expect and more. Set a date between June 20th and October 6th to pay a visit to Ishigami’s roof.