London | The Serpentine Pavilion 2022 designed by Theaster Gates


London | The Serpentine Pavilion 2022 designed by Theaster Gates

Serpentine Galleries has released some images of the upcoming Summer Pavilion which will be installed in Kensington Gardens, in London, from Friday 10 June 2022.
Black Chapel, the 21st Serpentine Pavilion, is designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates (1973) with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates.

Cover: Serpentine Pavilion 2022, Black Chapel, designed by Theaster Gates. Design render, exterior view. © 2022 Theaster Gates Studio.

The annual Serpentine Pavilion is one of the most popular Summer events in London, whose design was commissioned in the last 21 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.

Black Chapel
Drawing inspiration from the significance of the great kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, the Pavilion will pay homage to British craft and manufacturing traditions. While the structure of the Pavilion will predominantly be made of wood, the Pavilion’s design alludes to the performative and meditative qualities of a small chapel. An operating bell, originating from the demolished St. Laurence Church on Chicago’s South Side, will be placed next to the entrance of the Pavilion and will be used to call and announce performances. A single source of light from an oculus will create a sanctuary-like environment for reflection and communion. Conceived as a platform for participation, live performances, with an emphasis on music and public engagement, Black Chapel will continue the artist’s ongoing practice of space-making through urban and architectural interventions.

Theaster Gates said: “The name Black Chapel is important because it reflects the invisible parts of my artistic practice. It acknowledges the role that sacred music and the sacred arts have had on my practice and the collective quality of these emotional and communal initiatives. Black Chapel also suggests that in these times there could be a space where one could rest from the pressures of the day and spend time in quietude. I have always wanted to build spaces that consider the power of sound and music as a healing mechanism and emotive force that allows people to enter a space of deep reflection and/or deep participation.”


Serpentine Pavilion 2022, Black Chapel, designed by Theaster Gates.
Design render, interior view. © 2022 Theaster Gates Studio


Theaster Gates. © Sara Pooley

Black Chapel – 21st Serpentine Pavilion
Kensington Gardens, from 10 June 2022

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