The first pictures of Hadid's installation for the Serpentine Gallery
Hadid's pre-pavilion, designed as a stopgap after the main pavilion scheme by architect Kjetil Thorsen and artist Olafur Eliasson was delayed by two weeks, will host the gallery's summer fundraising party tonight.
Designed as an open air space rising 5.5 m, it consists of three identical tensile fabric structures or parasols arrayed around a central point. Each parasol develops sculpturally from a small articulated base to a large cantilevered diamond shape.
Taking inspiration from complex natural geometries such as flower petals and leaves, the three parasols overlap to create the pavilion's complex symmetry - interweaving all-the-while without touching, allowing air, light and sound to travel through narrow gaps. The result is a space that feels both open and enclosed.
In these photographs, taken last night, continuous lighting around each base throws light up the fabric surfaces along thin seams which radiate about the parasols, acting like corseting or the veining of flowers, to highlight the geometric intricacy of the pavilion
Hadid's installation will be used to host the gallery's summer fundraising party this evening (July 11) while Thorsen and Eliasson's pavilion will be assembled in August and remain in place until November
Hadid was the third architect to be involved in this year’s Serpentine pavilion project. Originally the pavilion was to be designed by German architect and engineer Frei Otto, but this fell through in March after it became clear his designs were over-ambitious.