Junya Ishigami + Associates recently unveiled the work for the Serpentine pavilion 2019, a 350 square-metre “cave-like refuge” covered by a slate-clad canopy. The design is influenced by Ishigami’s “free-space” philosophy which seeks to create structures that mimic natural forms.

Held up by 106 columns, the triangular canopy is constructed from a steel mesh grid and covered with 61 tonnes of Cumbrian slate tiles. The interior space is furnished with simple metal tables and stools, designed by Ishigami to resemble lily pads, and will host a programme of events throughout the summer. Ishigami was influenced by ancient building techniques for the design of the canopy.

“I started to look at ancient buildings using ancient architectural techniques. I believe that those ancient buildings have some similarities all over the world,” he told Dezeen. “For example, you can see stone roofs in Japan, China and Europe, so I started to focus on those ancient techniques that have that universality.”


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Photography is by Ste Murray

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