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Architecture in the cloud: The Serpentine Pavilion 2013 by Sou Fujimoto.

Photo credits: Iwan Baan.

From the hazy architectural cloud that is the building, the Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, will emerge in London this week to open his 2013 Serpentine Pavilion.

At 41, he is the youngest architect to accept the high-profile commission, and hopefully signifies a change in emphasis by the Serpentine, to encouraging the work of some of the rising stars of architecture.

The Fujimoto pavilion is seen as a landscape that visitors will interact with and explore in diverse ways. The architect envisages the organic structure as weaving into the surrounding lush vegetation of Kensington Gardens. He sees the structure as occupying the edge condition between nature and the man-made, being neither fully one nor the other.

Composed of fine steel bars with transparent panels, the structure is arranged in a semi-transparent ring. It simultaneously, protects from the elements, whilst allowing occupants to remain within, and interact with, the landscape.

Covering some 350 square metres, the stepped terraces will provide seating creating a multi-purpose social space throughout the summer.

Fujimoto is the third Japanese architect to design the pavilion after Toyo Ito in 2002, and Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA in 2009.

Gratitude to the Serpentine Gallery.

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