New uses for old pavilions #18 – the bunker in the park (by @dianajhale)

New uses for old pavilions #18 – the bunker in the park (by @dianajhale)


This hobbit heaven in Hyde Park for the summer is the latest in the series of Serpentine Pavilion commissions. However, this one, by the Swiss architect duo Herzog and de Meuron (designers of the Beijing Olympic Stadium and Tate Modern) with Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist (working via Skype while under house arrest), has a difference in referencing all those that have gone before. There have been eleven previous pavilions on this site which have left traces in the ground.

As we dig down into the earth to reach the groundwater, we encounter a diversity of constructed realities such as telephone cables, remains of former foundations or backfills. Like a team of archaeologists we identify these physical fragments of the eleven pavilions built between 2000 and 2011…. all of these traces of former pavilions will now be revealed and reconstructed. The former foundations and footprints form a jumble of convoluted…

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