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Rainbow Tunnel Planned for 2015 Serpentine Pavilion

Selgas Cano unveils a cocoon of color as their concept for the 15th edition of the annual architecture experiment.

by Beckett Mufson
25 March 2015, 3:30pm

Selgas Cano/Serpentine Gallery Photograph: Selgas Cano, via

A web of rainbows will rise in London this summer as plans for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, unveiled today, preview a vibrant tunnel of plastic fibers designed by Madrid-based archtiecture firm Selgas Cano. Last year Chilean architect Smiljan Radić designed a flying saucer-esque complex, while Sou Fujimoto, and Herzog & de Meuron working with Ai Weiwei have also previously erected an architectural electrical storm and an ode to past pavilion designs, respectively.

"We sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, form, sensitivity, change, surprise, color and materials," explain principal architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano. The junction of all these elements is an airy structure made from transluscent woven synthetics not often used in architecture, but which the designers hope will embody the themes of both "Garden" and "London."

The duo's past work, displayed at the Guggenheim MuseumMoMAVenice Biennale, among other locales, will inform the structure's bright Spanish aesthetic as it hosts the 15th anniversary of the first Serpentine Pavilion, which was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000.

Selgas Cano/Serpentine Gallery Photograph: Selgas Cano

Visit the Selgas Cano's website for more examples of their eye-catching architectural designs.


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