The Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavillion 2015

Structural Designer

AECOM

Client Name

The Serpentine Galleries

Location

London, UK

ARCHITECT

Selgascano

TECHNICAL ADVISER

David Glover

MAIN CONTRACTOR

Stage One Creative Services

SPECIALIST FABRIC SUB-CONTRACTOR

Architen Landrel

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The 2015 Pavilion by Spanish architects SelgasCano is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of translucent, multi-coloured fabric.

The engineers employed a steel frame draped in unreinforced, prestressed EFTE, a fabric with the requisite structural and fire performance, and high level of translucency that helped realise the Pavilion’s coloured and mirrored finish.

Judge's comment:

 The 2015 Serpentine pavilion is a playful investigation of lightweight fabrics, colours and translucencies. The engineers have cleverly interpreted the architectural intent into a realisable structure using parametric modelling combined with proper non-linear form finding and clever detailing. The judges felt that the result is delightful if, unfortunately, ephemeral.