The Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavillion 2015
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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.
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.