Serpentine pavilion 2015: a rainbow wormhole ready to suck you into another dimension

Serpentine pavilion 2015: a rainbow wormhole ready to suck you into another dimension
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“The most important colour here is white,” says Jose Selgas, the Spanish architect of this year’s Serpentine pavilion, standing inside the psychedelic cocoon he has built with his partner Lucia Cano, which now shimmers in Kensington Gardens. He’s dressed in green trousers, a blue blazer and red and yellow high-top boots; she’s clutching a neon orange handbag, which could have been ripped straight from the walls that wrap around us in a network of colourful caves. “The white ground is the canvas on which our colours can dance,” he adds, as a caretaker mops the white painted concrete floor moments before the opening. “When the sun comes out, that is.”

The west London skies may be leaden today, but Selgas Cano’s iridescent poly-tunnels still seem to radiate with the warm glow of Spanish sunshine. Formed from layers of ETFE plastic (the kind used for the Eden Project domes) stretched over an undulating cage of steel ribs, the structure wriggles its way across the lawn, bulging outwards in four contorted tentacles. In places, it looks like a chrysalis has been torn open then bandaged with plastic webbing, as if patching up the holes where the creature squirmed its way out. Elsewhere, the tunnels stretch out into gaping orifices, supercharged wormholes ready to suck you into a parallel dimension. Step inside and it feels like exploring the intestines of a slippery deep-sea creature, with stretchy membrane walls giving off an opalescent glimmer. []

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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