Serpentine Pavilion 2019 – Junya Ishigami

The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, was selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.

Ishigami’s design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The design of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion was made by arranging slates to create a single canopy roof that appeared to emerge from the ground of the surrounding park. Within, the interior of the Pavilion was an enclosed cave-like space, a refuge for contemplation. For Ishigami, the Pavilion articulated his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature. More…

First published by Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books

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Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.

News coverage

  • Wallpaper: Architect Junya Ishigami’s on this year’s Serpentine Pavilion
  • World Architects: Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Pavilion Opens
  • Financial Times: Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine pavilion — ‘a monstrous bird in flight’

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig (September 1, 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 3960986378

ISBN-13: 978-3960986379

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 7 inches