SANAA, the Japanese architects who created the Serpentine Gallery’s Summer pavilion this year and New York’s New Museum, discuss their cloud-like structure with Bloomberg:
“We started with an idea of water, or a rainbow, or leaves, and reached an organic shape for the roof,” said Nishizawa, seated in the swerving pavilion beside Sejima and the Serpentine’s directors. “Having an organic shape with a reflection amplifies the beauty of the surroundings.”
The floating aluminum roof, held up by metal columns, is higher in some parts than others; in one particular corner, it even swoops down to become a table. From above, it looks like an overflowing pond. From below, it seems a natural outgrowth of the park, mirroring the green foliage and the raindrops that cling, earring-like, to its edges.