A visit to the 'cocoon': Smiljan Radic's design for the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion
For the past 14 years, the Serpentine Pavillion has become an iconic and respected landmark commission annually awarded to a leading architect.
The 2012 Pavilion was designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron.
In 2013, Sou Fujimoto was the chosen one.
This year, it was Smilijan Radic.
And who is that? You may ask. Only 48 years old, Chilean architect Radic may not have the global fame that instantly rings a bell when you hear his name. However, after last night’s opening of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, you will not forget him.
Source: The Guardian: http://tinyurl.com/pxvggvr
The ‘doughnut shaped’ structure was built from a thin layer of fibreglass, with several openings and 'windows’ which allowed those inside to have a view of the gardens.
Despite the confusing weather (bright sunshine and rain), the evening was filled with a wonderful crowd. Everyone was in awe over what Oliver Wainwright from The Guardian described as “a bulbous white cocoon, still sticky with the excretions of whatever creature made it, [which] has landed in Kensington Gardens”.