The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is Designed to Look Like a Zipper

By: Misel Saban - Feb 25, 2016
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The Bjarke Ingel's design team BIG recently worked on the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion that opts for a surrealist aesthetic that uses a series of interlocking fiberglass rectangles to replicate the look of a zipper. The building is meant to appear as a zipper that is being undone with the various fiberglass bricks acting as the teeth in the zipper. The transparent nature of the fiberglass also adds a iridescent quality to both the interior and exterior of the space.

The architectural design of the space focuses on the notion of opposites combining elements such as transparency with opaqueness and solidness with clear elements. The fiberglass bricks are hollow creating an optical illusion for viewers both on the inside or at the outside of the building as they can see to the outside.