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Serpentine Gallery Pavillon

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Realization membrane structures
Hightex
Year
2006
Client

Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

City
London, UK
Roof Area
2340 m²
Architect

Rem Koolhaas & Cecil Balmond

Engineering

Ove Arup, London, UK

location
Europe

Details

The Cosmic Egg - A Giant Inflatable Structure

Each summer, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006 was co-designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas and innovative structural designer Cecil Balmond. The centrepiece of the design is a spectacular ovoid-shaped inflatable canopy that floats above the Gallery’s lawn. Made from translucent material, the structure is illuminated from within at night. The Pavilion design incorporates a helium- and air-filled inflatable roof that can be raised and lowered to accommodate the activities within the structure. The opening of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006 was a great success and received quite the national and international media coverage.

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