The England first built project by legendary architect Frank Gehry, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 now open to public view from 20 July to 19 October 2008. The elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci and the striped walls of summer beach huts, are some inspirations for this year’s Pavilion.

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This spectacular structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup – is anchored by four massive steel columns and comprises large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that create a dramatic, multi-dimensional space.

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Gehry and his team took Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

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“The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery.” Frank Gehry said, “Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide shade during sunny days.”

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Below are some of the other previous Serpentine Gallery Pavillion by mostly designed by world famous architects such as Zaha Hadid (2000), Toyo Ito (2002), Álvaro Siza with Eduardo Souto de Moura (2005), and Olafur Eliasson with Kjetil Thorsen (2007).

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Source: serpentinegallery.org.

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