Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011

Peter Zumthor1 July 2011 - 16 October 2011

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
London , United Kingdom

Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public Programmes

The concept for Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Pavilion was the hortus conclusus – a garden within a garden – and included a specially created garden by the influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. Visitors entered from the lawn and began the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London – a meditative interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers. With this Pavilion, as with previous structures, Zumthor emphasised the sensory and spiritual aspects of the architectural experience, from the precise yet simple composition and ‘presence’ of the materials, to the handling of scale and the effect of light.


  • Title: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011
  • Creator: Peter Zumthor
  • Date Created: 1 July 2011 - 16 October 2011
  • Serpentine Gallery Park Nights 2011: 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 2011, events included: Charlemagne Palestine, Friday 12 August 2011; Peter Zumthor and Piet Oudolf with Fritz Hauser and Peter Conradin Zumthor, Friday 9 September 2011; Michael Dean, Acts of Grass, Friday 16 September 2011.
  • Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon, 15 - 16 October 2011: The Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon was the sixth in the Gallery’s acclaimed Marathon series. This two-day event explored of the concept of the garden. A product of the creative encounter between the man-made and the natural, between order and disorder, the garden can offer productive metaphors for the interactions between human life and time, care, thought or space. The event was directly inspired by the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, designed by Peter Zumthor. The encounter of architecture and garden creates a contemplative space that is both set within – and meditatively separated from – the wider surroundings of Kensington Gardens. Participations ranged from the fields of horticulture, design and architecture to explore the creation of gardens and their spatial, urban and scientific importance, through to works by artists and readings by poets and writers exploring the significance of the garden in our experience of the world. Participants included: Etel Adnan, Brian Aldiss, Maria Thereza Alves, Rosie Atkins, Yto Barrada and Sean Gullette, Gianfranco Baruchello, Gerry Bibby, Stefano Boeri, Andrea Branzi, John Brockman, Pablo Bronstein, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Hélène Cixous, Emer Coleman, Pascal Cribier, Adam Curtis, David Deutsch, Elizabeth Diller, Jimmie Durham, Marcus du Sautoy, Brian Eno, Patrick Eyres, Hans-Peter Feldmann, FIELDCLUB, Sophie Fiennes, Adriaan Geuze, Jef Geys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Fritz Haeg with Denise Withers, Zarina Hashmi, Will Holder, Jennifer Jacquet, Charles Jencks, Koo Jeong-A, Alison Knowles and Meghan DellaCrosse, Pablo León de la Barra, Jonas Mekas and David Ellis, Catherine Mosbach, muf architecture/art, Christian Philipp Müller, Peter Murray-Rust, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mark Pagel, Philippe Parreno, Giuseppe Penone, Julia Peyton-Jones, Alice Rawsthorn, Carissa Rodriguez and Avena Gallagher, David Rowan, Peter Saville and Anna Blessmann, Rüdiger Schöttle, Richard Sennett, Bas Smets, Paul Smith, Something & Son, Susan Stenger, Corin Sworn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Günther Vogt, Sophie von Cundale, Alex Waterman, Cerith Wyn Evans, Andrea Zanzotto and Qiu Zhijie. The observer’s guide to the Serpentine Gallery Garden Marathon was compiled in one voice, in the field, by the following: Paul Becker, Ian Evans, Will Holder, John D. Millar, Francesco Pedraglio, Heather Phillipson, Natasha Soobramienen, Cally Spooner, Nick Thurston and Luke Williams.
  • Further Information: <a href="http://www.oudolf.com/piet-oudolf/">Piet Oudolf</a>
  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Design Peter ZumthorGarden Design Piet OudolfDesign Team: Atelier Zumthor Klemens Grund Anna Page Petra Stiermayr Annalisa ZumthorStructural Engineering: Arup Ed Clark David Glover Graham Hennessy Chris Neighbour Jack Wiltshire Project and Construction Management: Mace Benn Chandler Sharon Greaves Gasim Kareem Gareth Lewis Stephen Pycroft Ian Smith Phil Solomon Project Directors: Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones with Hans Ulrich Obrist Project Leader: Serpentine Gallery Julie Burnell Project Curator: Serpentine Gallery Sophie O’BrienProject Advisors Lord Palumbo, Chairman, Serpentine Board of Trustees Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Board of Trustees Peter Rogers, Director, Stanhope Colin Buttery, Director of Parks, Royal Parks Agency Westminster City Council Planning Office Westminster City Council District Surveyor’s Office (Building Control) Westminster City Council (Licensing Authority) London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority London Region, English HeritageFriends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Contractors Crocus DP9 Knight Frank The Landscape Group Ltd Maylim Ltd Moobel GmbH SES Ltd Stage One T Clarke Plc Viabizzuno Weil, Gotshal & Manges Sponsor Maybach Advisors Arup Stanhope
  • Type: Architecture
  • External Link: Serpentine Gallery

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