Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami | Architecture | Dezeen

In this exclusive Dezeen video, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami explains how his design for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion was built to resemble a “stone hill”.

Ishigami’s pavilion was unveiled yesterday at the Serpentine Gallery in London, following the resignation of the gallery’s CEO Yana Peel over her connection to an Israeli cybertech firm.

The pavilion is a 350 square-metre “cave-like refuge” covered by a slate-clad canopy that appears to grow out of the ground of the surrounding park.

The design is influenced by Ishigami’s “free-space” philosophy which seeks to create structures that mimic natural forms, a common theme in the work of his architecture studio Junya Ishigami + Associates.

“I knew that the Serpentine site is in the middle of a park so I wanted to make the architecture part of the landscape rather than making it an independent building,” Ishigami told Dezeen.

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