UK Pavilion Offers Vision of Design Future

23 August 2007 (Last Updated August 23rd, 2007 11:05)

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for 2007, erected in London's Kensington Gardens, promises to offer a vision of tomorrow's architectural landscape. The pavilion, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, features a

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for 2007, erected in London's Kensington Gardens, promises to offer a vision of tomorrow's architectural landscape.

The pavilion, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and award-winning Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen, features a timber structure that resembles a spinning top with a wide spiralling ramp that ascends from the gallery's lawn to a seating area. It's highest point offers views across Kensington Gardens and down into the chamber below

Every Friday nght the structure will act as a 'laboratory' for experiments performed by artists, architects, academics and scientists.

Each year, the gallery picks internationally renowned artists and architects to conceive a pavilion which tests the limits of contemporary design. Former names include Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind, with visions ranging from giant balloon structures to buildings reminiscent of spaceships.

Reported by staff writer