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In this movie filmed by Dezeen at the unveiling of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London today, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto explains how he used a rigid geometric grid to create a soft and natural atmosphere.
“The inspiration started from the beautiful surroundings,” Fujimoto says. “I was so impressed by the beautiful green surroundings, so I tried to create in this green environment something between nature and architecture, tried to create a transparent structure that melts into the background.”
To achieve this, Fujimoto created his pavilion from a white lattice of steel poles, with variations in density creating a structure that appears more or less transparent depending on where you stand.
“The grid itself is quite straight, rigid and quite artificial,” he says. “But when you have such a huge amount, it becomes more like an organic cloud-like or forest-like [structure].