Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006

Cecil Balmond, Rem Koolhaas13 July 2006 - 15 October 2006

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Serpentine Galleries
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Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public Programmes

The centrepiece of the design for the 2006 Pavilion was a spectacular ovoid-shaped inflatable canopy that floated above the Gallery’s lawn. Made from translucent material, the canopy was raised into the air or lowered to cover the amphitheatre below according to the weather. A frieze designed by Thomas Demand marked the first collaboration between an artist and the designers of the Pavilion. The walled enclosure below the canopy functioned both as a café and forum for public programmes.


  • Title: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006
  • Creator: Rem Koolhaas, Cecil Balmond, Arup
  • Date Created: 13 July 2006 - 15 October 2006
  • Serpentine Gallery Park Nights 2006: 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 2006, events included: Film Night, selected by Alexander Kluge, Friday 22 September 2006; Post-Marathon, Friday 13 October 2006; Delirium: Lali Chetwynd, Friday 1 September 2006.
  • Serpentine Gallery Interview Marathon, 28 - 29 July 2006: Serpentine Gallery Interview Marathon was the first 24-hour non-stop Marathon staged in and around the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup. Guests came from a spectrum of fields and disciplines, from artists and writers to scientists and historians, and included David Bailey, Zygmunt Bauman, Hussein Chalayan, Brian Eno, Gilbert & George, Zaha Hadid, Richard Hamilton, Damien Hirst, Jude Kelly, Hanif Kureishi, Doris Lessing, Ken Loach, Gautam Malkani, Richard Rogers, and Juergen Teller. Developed and hosted by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas, Serpentine Gallery Interview Marathon was devised in association with a team of guest advisers. The Marathons are an extension of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s renowned interview series and other projects and exhibitions on which he has collaborated with Rem Koolhaas, such as Cities on the Move and Mutations, which explored notions of the city and how to create a ‘portrait’ of ever-changing cities at a given moment. Rem Koolhaas intended for the Pavilion to be ‘architecture of content,’ with particular attention paid to the conversations, discussions and events that take place within it. Beyond exhibitions, this project raised the question of how new communication methods and formats could be created for discussing culture and society, encouraging both a venturing out from art into other disciplines and a crossover of their respective audiences. Participants included: Åbäke, Sir Kenneth Adam, David Adjaye, Tariq Ali, Ron Arad, Shumon Basar, Anat Ben-David, Eleanor Bron, Hussein Chalayan, Michael Clark, Peter Cook, Mark Cousins, Giles Deacon, Marcus du Sautoy and Pedro Ferreria, Tony Elliott, Paul Elliman, Brian Eno, Sophie Fiennes, Ryan Gander, Gilbert & George, Jonathan Glancey, Zaha Hadid, Richard Hamilton, Russell Haswell, Roger Hiorns, Susan Hiller, Damien Hirst, Eric Hobsbawm, Charles Jencks, Jude Kelly, Isaac Julien, Patrick Keiller, Jude Kelly, Hanif Kureishi, Scott Lash, Doris Lessing, Ken Loach, Gautam Malkani, Doreen Massey, Tom McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Mary Midgley, Markus Miessen, Chantal Mouffe, Tim Newburn, Julia Peyton-Jones, Olivia Plender, Milan Rai, Peter Saville, Marjorie Scardino, Denise Scott Brown, Yinka Shonibare, Squarepusher, Iain Sinclair, Caruso St John, Juergen Teller, Tim O’Toole, Marina Warner, Eyal Weizman, Richard Wentworth, Jane and Louise Wilson, Cerith Wyn Evans.
  • Further Information: <a href="http://oma.eu/"> Rem Koolhaas</a> <a href="http://balmondstudio.com/"> Cecil Balmond </a>
  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Design Rem Koolhaas Cecil Balmond Design Team: OMA Clément Blanchet Karen Crequer Adam Furman Karel Wuytack Structural Engineering: Arup Cecil Balmond Carolina Bartram Chris Carroll Anthony Ferguson Andrew Grant Phil Greenup Tristan Simmonds Steve Walker Project Directors: Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones with Hans Ulrich Obrist Project Leader: Serpentine Gallery Mark Robinson Project Organiser: Serpentine Gallery Kathryn Rattee Project Advisors Lord Palumbo, Serpentine Board of Trustees Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Board of Trustees Peter Rogers, Managing Director, Stanhope Mark Camley, Chief Executive, Royal Parks Agency Simon Betts, Director of Estates, Royal Parks Agency Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens City of Westminster Planning and Transportation Department (planning and building control) Councillor Angela Hooper, Chair of the Planning and City Development Committee, City of Westminster Council Contractors Asysco Bay Plastic Ltd BOC Bovis Lend Lease Clipfine Davis Langdon Management DP9 FH Brundle GTL Partnership Ltd Herman Lelie and Stefania Bonelli Hightex with Tensys Hitachi John Doyle Group Keltbray Knight Frank Lyndon Scaffolding Maison Blanc Mark Johnson Consultants Ltd Omni Colour Presentations Ltd SES Ltd Sheetfabs Siteco T Clarke Weil, Gotshal & Manges William Hare Sponsor BloombergAdvisors Arup Stanhope
  • Type: Architecture
  • External Link: Serpentine Gallery

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