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Junya Ishigami’s Serpentine Galleries’ 2019 Summer Pavilion in London

Junya Ishigami Serpentine Galleries 2019 Summer Pavilion London 1

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami (b. 1974, Kanagawa Pref.) and Serpentine Galleries have revealed the first images of their Summer Pavilion to be installed at Kensington Gardens, London, from June 20 through October 6, 2019. 

Cover image: Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior and Interior Views © Junya Ishigami + Associates


Since 2000, the annual Serpentine Pavilion is one of the most popular Summer events in London, whose design was commissioned in the last 19 years to some of the world’s most acclaimed architects, including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron + Ai Weiwei, Sou Fujimoto. Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, SANAA, >Rem Koolhaas, and Alvaro Siza, among others.

After working at SANAA, in 2004 Ishigami founded Junya Ishigami + Associates with which he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2010 and designed a number of critically acclaimed works in Japan, the Netherlands, France, China, and Russia. Ishigami is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University.

In his design for the Serpentine Pavilion, Ishigami takes an archetypal element of architecture, the roof, and transforms into an iconic sloped canopy, supported by a sequence of thin columns, which creates a dialog between a man-made structure and nature. By arranging the roof so that the canopy appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park, the pavilion bridges artificial and natural and merges the two into a single architectural object.

“My design for the Pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasizing a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks. This is an attempt to supplement traditional architecture with modern methodologies and concepts, to create in this place an expanse of scenery like never seen before. Possessing the weighty presence of slate roofs seen around the world, and simultaneously appearing so light it could blow away in the breeze, the cluster of scattered rock levitates, like a billowing piece of fabric.”

Junya Ishigami Serpentine Galleries 2019 Summer Pavilion London 2

Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Exterior and Interior Views © Junya Ishigami + Associates


Junya Ishigami – Selected works

Junya Ishigami KAIT Workshop Kanagawa Institute of Technology Japan

KAIT Workshop, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan, 2008, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

Junya Ishigami Botanical Garden Art Biotop Tochigi Japan

Botanical Garden Art Biotop / Water Garden, Tochigi, Japan, 2018, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

Junya Ishigami House & Restaurant Yamaguchi Japan

House & Restaurant, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2013, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

Junya Ishigami 11th Venice Architectural Biennale Japanese Pavilion

11th Venice Architectural Biennale, Japanese Pavilion, 2008, © Junya Ishigami + Associates

Junya Ishigami Park Groot Vijversburg Visitor Center The Netherlands

Park Groot Vijversburg Visitor Center, Tytsjerk, The Netherlands, 2012, © Junya Ishigami + Associates


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