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Junya Ishigami unveils rocky Serpentine Pavilion made out of slate

As seen in de zeen magazine, June 18, 2019

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has completed this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a craggy structure he describes as a “hill made out of rocks”.

The latest Serpentine Pavilion, located on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, comprises a rugged, rocky canopy made out of 61 tonnes of Cumbrian slate.

This large mound of slate is held up by a slender steel structure, supported by a grid of 106 pin-ended columns that are arranged randomly to create a “forest”.

“A stone creates a landscape, and a landscape usually sits outside of a building. I wanted to create the landscape inside the building, as a theory of the landscape that the stone creates outside,” said Ishigami.

“In that sense, I tried to create this landscape that exists outside, inside the building itself.”

Ishigami is the fourth Japanese architect to design a Serpentine Pavilion, following Toyo Ito in 2002SANAA in 2009 and Sou Fujimoto in 2013. Even more so than his predecessors, a central focus of his work is making architecture that both celebrates and mimics the forms of the natural world.

His aim here was to create a building that takes the slate roof – one of the world’s most common architectural features – and show how it can be made to look like something found in the wild.

The architect likens the structure to a range of natural flora and fauna, from mountains and trees, to a lake and a bird.

This roof reminds us of a project we did in California.

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