This opened on the 13th of July with the Architect Jean Nouvel for this years pavillion giving a talk about his design.
The main thing to say about it is a very nice idea that has been poorly executed. I will admit that i was a bit sceptical when i saw the renders of it, but i was willing to give it a chance.
When i saw it for the first time i was impressed at how it looked and how suprisingly well the red complimented the mostly green landscape around it.
The inspiration for the red colour comes from british design icons such as London Buses andRoyal Mail post boxes. The main idea behind it was to create a versatile and very useable space, i think he has done this has been done very well.
The dissapointing thing with this building is that on closer inspection the details of the building are clunky and also appear to have been rushed. It very much looks like the contractor ran out of time and everything was a little bit last minute. It just did not have the crisp smooth feel of SANAA’s pavillion last year, and as Mies Van Der Rohe famously said ‘god is in the details’.
I am sure it will prove very popular, as the space is very verastile and provides facilites for plenty of activities such as table tennis and and chess.
Maybe i am being too over critical, but for me the most important thing when designing a building is the little details. This is so that when you do get close up to it it still looks very good. This is only my opinion so go and check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
Admission to the Pavilion is free
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010
by Jean Nouvel
July – October 2010
London W2 3XA
T 020 7402 6075
Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate
Gallery open 10am to 6pm daily.
Images courtesy of http://www.serpentinegallery.org