Serpentine unveils 2024 pavilion inspired by traditional Korean home courtyard

The Serpentine Galleries has unveiled this year’s summer pavilion which takes inspiration from the open courtyard found in traditional Korean homes.

Titled Archipelagic Void and designed by South Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies, it aims to embrace the “many existing peripheral elements while exploring the centre as a void”.

The 23rd Serpentine Pavilion based in London’s Kensington Gardens, opening on June 7, will host a newly commissioned soundscape, a library and a series of performances and talks.

Serpentine Pavilion 2024 has been designed by Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies (Iwan Baan/Mass Studies/Serpentine/PA)

Each island will host a different area including the gallery, the library, the auditorium, the tea house and the play tower.

The islands encircle a void at the centre, taking inspiration from the open courtyard, known as a madang, in traditional Korean houses.

The gallery will play host to a six-channel sound installation created by musician and composer Jang Young-Gyu.

The pavilion is based in London’s Kensington Gardens (Iwan Baan/Mass Studies/Serpentine /PA)

Meanwhile, the tea house has been designed by James Grey West and The Library Of Unread Books has been created by artist Heman Chong and archivist Renee Staal.

It has been set up to function as a “living” reference library as each book has been donated by its previous owner.

The pavilion also features the play tower, a pyramid structure fitted with a bright orange netscape for visitors to climb and interact with.

The largest structure of the islands is the auditorium, which features benches built into its inner walls, providing an area for public gathering, performances and talks.

The pavilion runs from June 7 to October 27 (Mass Studies/Serpentine/PA)

“To realise the Pavilion, we began by asking what can be uncovered and added to the Serpentine site, which has already featured over 20 historical iterations at the centre of the lawn, from a roster of great architects and artists.

“To approach this new chapter differently, instead of viewing it as a carte blanche, we embraced the challenge of considering the many existing peripheral elements while exploring the centre as a void.

“It also begins to address the history of the Serpentine Pavilion. By inverting the centre as a void, we shift our architectural focus away from the built centre of the past, facilitating new possibilities and narratives.”

The Serpentine Pavilion will run from June 7 to October 27.

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