Fujimoto to Erect 2013 Serpentine

London - The Serpentine Gallery has announced that Pavilion 2013 will be designed by multi award-winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

Each year, art collectors of ArtKabinett social network are excited to view this architecturally important space.

He is the thirteenth architect to design the temporary structure. At age 41, he is also the youngest.

The most ambitious architectural program of its kind worldwide, the Serpentine’s annual Pavilion commission is one of the most anticipated announcements on the cultural calendar.

Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment.

Inspired by organic structures, such as the forest, the nest and the cave, Fujimoto’s signature buildings inhabit a space between nature and artificiality. Fujimoto has completed the majority of his buildings in Japan, with commissions ranging from the domestic, such as Final Wooden House, T House and House N, to the institutional, such as the Musashino Art Museum and Library at Musashino Art University.

Occupying some 350 square-meters of lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto’s delicate, latticed structure of 20mm steel poles will have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that will allow it to blend, cloud-like, into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the Gallery’s colonnaded East wing.

Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space – with a café sited inside – visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four-month tenure in London's Kensington Gardens.

Fujimoto is the third Japanese architect to accept the invitation to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, following Toyo Ito in 2002 and Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009.

AECOM will be providing engineering and technical design services for the 2013 pavilion. This is the first Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for AECOM although David Glover, AECOM’s global chief executive for building engineering, has worked on the designs for a majority of the pavilions to date.

The Pavilion will be a delicate, three-dimensional structure, each unit of which will be composed of fine steel bars. It will form a semi-transparent, irregular ring, simultaneously protecting visitors from the elements while allowing them to remain part of the landscape. The overall footprint will be 350 square-metres and the Pavilion will have two entrances. A series of stepped terraces will provide seating areas that will allow the Pavilion to be used as a flexible, multi-purpose social space.

The delicate quality of the structure, enhanced by its semi-transparency, will create a geometric, cloud-like form, as if it were mist rising from the undulations of the park.

From certain vantage points, the Pavilion will appear to merge with the classical structure of the Serpentine Gallery, with visitors suspended in space.

Born in Hokkaido in 1971, Sou Fujimoto is widely acknowledged as being one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide.

After studying architecture at the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2012, Fujimoto was awarded the Golden Lion for National Participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale along with Kumiko Inui, Akihisa Hirata and Naoya Hatakeyama.