The Serpentine Pavilion is the annual tradition of the Serpentine Galleries. The initative engages and challenges architects and designers to create progressive works that embrace expressive experimentalism. For 2019, the institution selects Japanese architect Junya Ishigami who is head of studio Junya Ishigami + Associates.
The Tokyo-based professional draws inspiration from the natural landscape and describes his concept for the Serpentine Pavilion as "a hill made out of rocks." The ultimate goal is to showcase a possible equilibrium between nature and architectural practice. This is a popular area of exploration for designers as the consciousness of sustainability and urban impact is rising. Set to be exhibited in Kensington Gardens, London, the structure boasts "a roof made out of natural slate, arranged to look it has emerged from the ground."