July 9, 2018

Serpentine Pavilion Coming to King St West in Toronto

Every year since 2000, the Serpentine Galleries in London’s Kensington Gardens have commissioned the design and construction of a temporary pavilion to stand out front for six months. The commissions go to architectural firms which do not yet have a building in Britain. In 2016, it was BIG, or the Bjarke Ingels Group of Denmark who won the commission.

The pavilion was created with a simple shape: extruded square tubes, open at the ends, and forming one wall at the top, but pulling apart—or unzipping—into two billowing walls close to the ground. Assembled in a way to make it easy to disassemble and then reassemble again, the structure—simply a place to gather with others—was bought by Westbank Corp following its time in London.

Now, the pavilion is being reassembled in a parking lot on King Street West near Portland Street in Toronto, on land owned by Allied REIT, and where Allied and its partner Westbank will be building a retail, office, and residential complex designed by BIG. In advance of a sales pavilion coming to the site, the Serpentine Pavilion is now being erected in Toronto as an exhibition space to introduce BIG to the city before their first permanent design here arrives on King.

Read the full article online at Urban Toronto.ca