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Bjarke Ingels, founder of Danish firm BIG Architects, is the latest architect to design a Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
After 11 years, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has finally landed in the UK with the opening of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.
Comprised of 1,802 stacked fiber glass boxes and spanning 273 square feet, Ingels’ likens the structure to an “unzipped” wall.
“By taking something as conventional as a wall or a giant shelf and pulling it apart to make new spaces, you’re actually creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary,” said the BIG Architects founder ahead of its June 10 opening.
“I think that’s, at its core, what architecture is: It’s creating poetry out of the practical; it’s taking all of those quotidian elements and putting them together in a way that becomes an adventure.”
The pavilion comes one month after BIG opened their London office, the first outside of Copenhagen and New York.
“It’s the perfect way to kick off having a real presence here,” said Ingels. “England has some of the best architects in the world, and London is a city that — like New York — is a cosmopolitan capital of the world.” […]