I recently visited the Serpentine pavilion, this year by Spanish architects selgascano. In recent years, I found the pavilion to be hit and miss, and was quite surprised by this year's playful form. As I went on an overcast day, it was quite pleasant wandering almost endlessly around the tunnels and enclosed spaces, but one can only imagine what it must be like to be incubated in those spaces.
The forms and structures, and mishmash of materials worked aesthetically, constantly drawing your eye, constantly finding some new angle you hadn't seen before. I must have walked around at least three times to really see and notice the details.
And the details, though could be critiqued for being 'shabby' on close inspection, reveals an element of hand craft and a personal touch, which is a strong reminder of the need to be more tactile in design as opposed to the fabricated and manufactured trajectory of construction.
I came on a quiet day, but could still witness a high level of interaction and awe with the design, surely making this one of the more successful pavilions in recent years.
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