Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007

Olafur Eliasson, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen24 August 2007 - 5 November 2007

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
London , United Kingdom

Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public Programmes

The timber-clad structure for the 2007 Pavilion resembled a spinning top and brought a dramatic vertical dimension to the traditional single-level pavilion. A wide, spiralling ramp made two complete turns, allowing visitors to ascend from the Gallery’s lawn to the highest point for views across Kensington Gardens as well as a bird’s eye view of the space below. Olafur Eliasson’s deep-rooted interest in spatial questions led to his increasing engagement with architecture and to his collaboration with Thorsen on a number of projects, including the National Opera House, Oslo. The 2007 Pavilion was an experimental next step for this fruitful creative partnership.


  • Title: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007
  • Creator: Olafur Eliasson, Kjetil Thorsen
  • Date Created: 24 August 2007 - 5 November 2007
  • Serpentine Gallery Park Nights 2007: 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 2007, events included: A New Region of the World: Édouard Glissant and Linton Kwesi Johnson, Friday 31 August 2007; Alain Robbe-Grillet: Art, Architecture and Cinema, with Michel Auder, Miriam Bäckström, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Graham, Philippe Rahm, Sarah Morris, Runa Islam, Carsten Höller, Cerith Wyn Evans & Hans Ulrich Obrist, . Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2007; Mind Matter: a Solo Peace, Pauline Oliveros with Expanded Instrument System (EIS), Friday 26 October 2007; Public Experiment: Models are Real, with Olafur Eliasson, Eric Ellingsen, Yona Friedman, Jeroen Jacobs, Andreas & Ilka Ruby and Matt Willard, Friday 28 September 2007; Public Experiment: Colour, with David Batchelor, Olafur Eliasson, Olaf Nicolai, Boris Oicherman, Israel Rosenfeld, Luc Steels and Pae White, Friday 5 October 2007.
  • Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon, 13 -14 October 2007: Olafur Eliasson together with Hans Ulrich Obrist convened the Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon, the second in the Serpentine's acclaimed series of Marathon events. This event blurs the boundaries of art and science and creates a laboratory of experience. A huge variety of experiments explored perception, artificial intelligence, the body and language, and took place in and around the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 designed by Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen. The 2007 Pavilion had been conceived as a laboratory for experimentation and invention with artists, architects, academics and scientists presenting ‘hand-held’ or ‘table-top’ experiments throughout the weekend. The Experiment Marathon built on the enormous success of the Serpentine Gallery 24-Hour Interview Marathon in 2006, which featured interviews with 64 leading cultural figures including Brian Eno, Gilbert & George, Zaha Hadid, Damien Hirst and Doris Lessing, and was conducted by Serpentine Gallery Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and architect of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, Rem Koolhaas. Participants included: Marina Abromović, Benjamin Aranda, Fia Backström, John Baldessari, Simon Baron-Cohen, Olaf Blanke, Polly Brannan, John Brockman, Spartacus Chetwynd, Gill Clarke, Marcus Coates, Peter Cook, Colin Dancer, Paul Drew, Olafur Eliasson, Tim Etchells, Sophie Fiennes, Simone Forti, Gloria Friedmann, Paul Fryer, Kim Gordon, Joseph Grigley, Roger Hiorns, Steve Jones, Marcy Kahan, Chris Lasch, Armand Leroi, R Beau Lotto, Jonas Mekas, Gustav Metzger, Bridget Nicholls, Steven Pinker, Irene Revell, Pedro Reyes, Israel Rosenfield, Tomas Saraceno, Angela Sirigu, Andreas Slominski, Luc Steels, Seirian Sumner, Timothy Taylor, Neil Turok, Oscar Vilarroya, Francesca Von Habsburg, Tris Vonna-Michell, Lewis Wolpert, Cerith Wyn Evans. The Experiment Marathon: Part 2 was held in Reykjavik, Iceland in spring 2008 in association with the Reykjavik Arts Festival and Reykjavik Art Museum.
  • Further Information: <a href="http://www.olafureliasson.net/">Olafur Eliasson</a> <a href="http://www.snoarc.no/#/main/"> Kjetil Thorsen</a>
  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Design Olafur Eliasson, Studio Olafur Eliasson Kjetil Thorsen, Snøhetta Design Team Ben Allen, Studio Olafur Eliasson Sebastian Behmann, Studio Olafur Eliasson Andreas Eggertsen, Snøhetta Ricardo Gomes, Studio Olafur Eliasson Aase Mortensen, Snøhetta Visualisation and Production Assistance: Targa Design Robert Banović Norbert Palz 3D Modelling Assistance: Pivot Fredrik Wenstøp Kristian Wenstøp Assisted by Erik Huber, Studio Olafur Eliasson Erik Nordbye, ebn design Andreas Nypan, Snøhetta Néstor Pérez Batista, Studio Olafur Eliasson Sven Pfeiffer, Studio Olafur Eliasson Sharron Ping Jen Lee, Studio Olafur Eliasson Joshua Teas, Snøhetta Rune Veslegard, Snøhetta Structural Engineering: ArtEngineering GmbH Jörg Beierbach Attila Bodenseh Herwig Bretis Switbert Greiner Project and Construction Management: Bovis Lend Lease Alexander Dietrich Bernard Franklin Pre-Design and Technical Services: Arup Daniel Bosia Peter Bressington Pat Dallard David Deighton Anthony Ferguson Florian Gauss Alistair Guthrie Martin Manning Dorothee Richter Becci Taylor James Thonger Mick White Peter Williams Project Directors: Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones with Hans Ulrich Obrist Project Leader: Serpentine Gallery Julie Burnell Project Curator: Serpentine Gallery Rebecca Morrill Project Advisors Lord Palumbo, Chairman, Serpentine Gallery Board of Trustees Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Gallery Board of Trustees Peter Rogers, Director, Stanhope Cecil Balmond, Deputy Chairman and Arup Fellow, Arup Mark Camley, Chief Executive, 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 Planning Authority 24 London Region, English Heritage Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Contractors Abbey Thermal Barr Construction Bovis Lend Lease Limited The Bradley Collection Carey Group Plc Clipfine CMF Davis Langdon LLP DP9 EMS Envirograf Gardner & Co John Doyle Group Keltbray Konzept:werk Kvadrat Lyndon Scaffolding Plc Nüssli Protec Rohlfing Select Plant Hire Co Ltd — Cranes SES Swift Horsman Limited T. Clarke TSK General Transport Vector Foiltec Weil, Gotshal & Manges William Hare Ltd Wilson James Zumtobel Sponsor BloombergAdvisors Arup Stanhope
  • Type: Architecture
  • External Link: Serpentine Gallery

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