Walls and a roof are so yesterday. Behold the 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Sou Fujimoto – the youngest architect to design a Serpentine summerhouse – has created a pristine latticed structure on the gallery lawn that looks more like a climbing frame or, from a distance, a pixelated cloud than a place to sit down for tea. Composed of layered grids, the pavilion appears to change as you walk round it, endlessly framing and reframing views of the surrounding park. The Japanese architect thinks of his buildings as being like caves or nests; welcoming spaces that encourage us to think differently about our environment. Fujimoto’s shapeshifting architecture may disorientate, but not all conventions have been defied. Inside (or is that outside?) there’s a café, and circular Perspex panels will provide some cover should the summer turn out to be soggy.
For info, see our Serpentine Pavilion 2013 listing.