Red all about it: John Offenbach photographs Jean Nouvel’s monochromatic Serpentine Pavilion

Every year, the Serpentine Gallery in London commissions an important architect or architectural firm  to design a temporary pavilion for its lawn, and this year, that important architect is Jean Nouvel. His pavilion is a clean-lined study executed almost entirely in vermilion, as you can see from these photographs by our own John Offenbach, who’s been documenting the pavilions since 2005…

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The 2010 Serpentine Pavilion, by Jean Nouvel. Photos by John Offenbach.

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A bit more about the pavilion, courtesy of the Serpentine’s site:

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“The design for the 2010 Pavilion is a contrast of lightweight materials and dramatic metal cantilevered structures. The entire design is rendered in a vivid red that, in a play of opposites, contrasts with the green of its park setting. In London, the colour reflects the iconic British images of traditional telephone boxes, post boxes and London buses.

The building consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a sloped freestanding wall that stands 12m above the lawn. Striking glass, polycarbonate and fabric structures create a versatile system of interior and exterior spaces, while the flexible auditorium will accommodate the Serpentine Gallery Park Nights and Marathon and the changing summer weather.”

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Related:

Making waves: John Offenbach to document undulating pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery

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