I’ve always been susceptible to migraines but this was a first – a ‘building’ that brought on a migraine! The building in question is Sou Fujimoto’s new pavilion adjacent to the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park. A different architect gets to design a temporary structure each year. Past Pavilions have included designs by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Frank Gehry (2008), the late Oscar Niemeyer (2003) and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural structure in 2000. It’s usually a major feat of design, logistics and building… with only a few weeks to erect it.
Fujimoto’s offering is made virtually exclusively out of 25mm plastic coated steel section. Apparently the original specification was for solid bar but there wasn’t enough of it available to complete the structure.
But back to migraine inducing.
Because it’s an open structure the various planes manage to create a strobing effect. Coupled with a bit of bright sunlight and I was forced to lie down with my eyes shut for half an hour. But it does look amazing – although I can’t help feeling that it is a health and safety claim waiting to happen.