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Unveiling Minsuk Cho’s Starry Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion 2024: Archipelagic Void by Architect Minsuk Cho

Architect Minsuk Cho has designed a unique and captivating pavilion for the 2024 Serpentine Pavilion in London‘s Kensington Gardens. Named Archipelagic Void, this star-shaped shelter is unlike any previous pavilions. Instead of a singular structure, Cho has created five distinct “islands” that serve different purposes, all organized around a central circular void.

Serpentine Pavilion 2024: Archipelagic Void by Architect Minsuk Cho

The pavilion is constructed primarily from natural timber sourced from Surrey, giving it a warm and inviting feel. Each of the five structures varies in size, height, and form, and is supported by raised concrete plinths that also double as seating areas. To connect the structures, a circular steel ring is placed on their roofs, mirroring the shape of the courtyard below.

Serpentine Pavilion 2024: Archipelagic Void by Architect Minsuk Cho

Among the five structures, the Auditorium stands out as the largest. It is designed to host public gatherings, performances, and talks. With its angular pitched roof and translucent, pink-hued polycarbonate openings, it creates a visually striking space. Adjacent to the Auditorium is The Library of Unread Books, a smaller structure filled with shelves and tapered at the rear. This unique installation is a collaboration between artist Heman Chong and archivist Renée Staal.

Serpentine Pavilion 2024: Archipelagic Void by Architect Minsuk Cho

On the other side of the Auditorium, you’ll find The Gallery, another small structure with translucent polycarbonate openings. Inside, a sound installation plays music composed by Jang Young-Gyu. The tallest of the five structures is the Play Tower, a pyramidal timber construction equipped with orange netting for visitors to enjoy and play in. Lastly, the Tea House, the fifth structure, houses a cozy café where visitors can relax and enjoy refreshments.

Serpentine Pavilion 2024: Archipelagic Void by Architect Minsuk Cho

The 23rd edition of the event is commemorated by this pavilion, which will be accessible to the public from 7 June until October 27. The Archipelagic Void exhibition guarantees an enthralling and engaging encounter for all individuals who choose to explore its wonders.

Image courtesy of Iwan Baan