Serpentine Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić

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Chilean architect Smiljan Radić designed the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion, a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembled a shell.

"From the outside, visitors see a fragile shell in the shape of a hoop suspended on large quarry stones. Appearing as if they had always been part of the landscape, these stones are used as supports, giving the pavilion both a physical weight and an outer structure characterised by lightness and fragility." Smiljan Radić

"The shell, which is white, translucent and made of fibreglass, contains an interior that is organised around an empty patio at ground level, creating the sensation that the entire volume is floating." Smiljan Radić

"At night, the semi-transparency of the shell, together with a soft amber-tinted light, draws the attention of passers-by like lamps attracting moths." Smiljan Radić

Designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space, the Pavilion had a café sited inside. Visitors were encouraged to enter and interact with the structure in different ways.

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