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AECOM to Engineer the Serpentine Pavilion 2019

Parul Dubey on February 19, 2019 - in Events

For the seventh year running, AECOM, in collaboration with David Glover, will deliver multidisciplinary engineering and specialist technical services for the Serpentine Pavilion in London, UK. This year, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has been selected to design the temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens.

AECOM will provide the full range of engineering and technical advisory services required to deliver the Pavilion, working closely and collaboratively with the architect, Serpentine Galleries and the project’s contractor Stage One to transform the architect’s intent from vision to built reality.

© Junya Ishigami + Associates

Ishigami is the nineteenth architect to design a Pavilion for the Serpentine Galleries, which began in 2000 with Zaha Hadid and has presented the first UK structures by some of the most influential names in international architecture. His design takes inspiration from roofs, the most common architectural feature used around the world. The roof structure will be made by arranging slate tiles on a steel mesh to create a single canopy that appears to emerge from the ground of the surrounding Park. Supporting columns within the space are arranged to resemble a forest and engage with the roof to create an enclosed cave-like space. With this, Ishigami’s Pavilion articulates his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature.

Michael Orr, Principal Engineer, AECOM, said: “With its demanding timescales and pioneering designs, the Serpentine Pavilion is always an exciting project to deliver. Ishigami’s ambitious structure blends traditional craftsmanship with modern design, presenting an interesting engineering challenge for our team. As with previous years, we’ll be using augmented and virtual reality alongside physical prototypes to streamline the design process and help ensure a high-quality build.”

© Junya Ishigami + Associates

Each year, the Serpentine Galleries commissions an international architect to design a temporary pavilion for the gallery grounds. AECOM has engineered the Serpentine Pavilion every year since 2013, from Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like pavilion to last year’s design by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo.

The Serpentine Pavilion 2019 opens to the public in June and will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to explore experimental architectural design. The Pavilion will be used as a community hub and café by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night.

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