Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008

Frank Gehry20 July 2008 - 19 October 2008

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
London , United Kingdom

Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public ProgrammesThe spectacular structure for Frank Gehry’s 2008 Pavilion was anchored by four massive steel columns and comprised large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that created a dramatic, multi-dimensional space. Gehry and his team took inspiration from a fascinating variety of sources, including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts. Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements made a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.


  • Title: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008
  • Creator: Frank Gehry
  • Date Created: 20 July 2008 - 19 October 2008
  • Serpentine Gallery Park Nights 2008: The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion operates as a public space and as a venue for Park Nights and the Marathon series, the Gallery’s high-profile programme of public talks and events. In 2008, events included: Thomas Adès and Frank Gehry, Saturday 19 July 2008; An Evening with John Gray and Hari Kunzru, Friday 1 August 2008; Steven Claydon, Lis Rhodes and Emily Wardill, works performed by Jessica Lauren Gardener and Christopher Nelson, Friday 8 August 2008; Céline Condorelli and Simon Popper, Friday 12 September 2008.
  • Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, 18 - 19 October 2008: Manifesto Marathon, the third in the Serpentine Gallery’s acclaimed series of Marathon events, took place in the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008, designed by Frank Gehry. The Manifesto Marathon came at a time when artists had begun to work less in formal groups and defined artistic movements. It showcased a new generation of artists alongside practitioners from the worlds of literature, design, science, philosophy, music and film who were returning to the historical notion of the manifesto. The Manifesto Marathon also drew on the Serpentine Gallery’s close proximity to Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, which has been used as a platform by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris, among many others. Participants included: Marina Abramović, Mark Aerial Waller and Giles Round, Rasheed Araeen, Athanasios Argianas, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Nicolas Bourriaud, Andrea Branzi, Peter Cook, Ekaterina Degot, Jimmie Durham, Henry Flynt, Gilbert & George, Reinier de Graaf (for Rem Koolhaas, OMA), Fritz Haeg, K8 Hardy, HEC/BEC, Susan Hefuna, Eric Hobsbawm, Karl Holmqvist, Stewart Home, Charles Jencks, Terence Koh, Silvia Kolbowski, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Nick Laessing, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Tom McCarthy, Manifesto Club, Jonas Mekas, Nathaniel Mellors, Ingo Niermann and Zak Kyes, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Yoko Ono, The Otolith Group, Claude Parent, Adam Pendleton, Julia Peyton-Jones, Falke Pisano, PLATFORM, Raqs Media Collective, Lee Scrivner, Tino Sehgal and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Taryn Simon, SpRoUt, Barbara Steveni, Mark Titchner, Agnès Varda, Ben Vautier, Mark Wallinger, Richard Wentworth, Vivienne Westwood, Stephen Willats.
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  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Design Frank Gehry Design Team: Gehry Partners LLP Terry Bell Richard Cagasca Anand Devarajan Sam Gehry Meaghan Lloyd Tae Park Rui Sato Melissa Shin Tracy Steinhauser Structural Engineering: Arup Cecil Balmond Ben Ablett James Bishop Ed Clark David Glover Graham Hennessy Ed Newman-Sanders Project Construction and Management: Savant Jonathan Harper Timothy Morse Joanna Streeten Project Director: Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones with Hans Ulrich Obrist Project Leader: Serpentine Gallery Julie Burnell Project Curator: Serpentine Gallery Kathryn Rattee Project Advisors Lord Palumbo, Chairman, Serpentine Board of Trustees Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Board of Trustees Peter Rogers, Director, Stanhope Mark Camley, Chief Executive, Royal Parks Agency Colin Buttery, Director of Parks, Royal Parks Agency Simon Betts, Estate Manager, Royal Parks Agency Tom Jarvis, Park Superintendent Manager, Kensington Gardens, Royal Parks Agency Charles Vaton, Westminster City Council District Surveyor’s Office (Building Control) Jenny Wilson, Westminster City Council (Licensing Authority) Westminster City Council Planning Office London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority London Region, English Heritage Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Contractors Careys Davis Langdon DP9 Eckelt Glas Gmbh EMS GTL Partnership Hewdens John Doyle Group Knight Frank Lend Lease Projects (Simon Herrington) NG Bailey Nussli Saint-Gobain Glass SES Taylor Woodrow We-ef Weil, Gotshal & Manges Sponsor Netjets Tiffany&Co. Advisors Arup Stanhope
  • Type: Architecture
  • External Link: Serpentine Gallery

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