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19 Sep 2018

Serpentine Pavilion opens with Unzipped exhibition in Toronto
BY Luke Cloherty

The pavilion will display large-scale models of 10 Westbank projects in an exhibition called Unzipped

The pavilion will display large-scale models of 10 Westbank projects in an exhibition called Unzipped
photo: Derek Shapton

The 2016 Serpentine Pavilion installation, designed by renowned architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has now opened in Toronto having been rebuilt in the Canadian city.

Originally designed for Kensington Gardens in London for the Serpentine Pavilion event – an annual architectural installation in the English capital commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries – the structure has been created out of 1,802 fibreglass 'blocks' that create a wall at the top, which undulates to the bottom.

The pavilion will display large-scale models of 10 Westbank projects in an exhibition called Unzipped, which will be free to the public and will stay open to the public until November 2018.

Developed by Canadian firm Westbank, the pavilion stands at 14 metres (46 feet) tall, 12 metres (39 feet) wide, and 27 metres (88.5 feet) long.

Last week, Ian Gillespie, president and founder of Westbank, and Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, led a tour of the pavilion and its exhibits.

Gillespie said of the rebuild: “Purchasing the Pavilion was a very natural extension of our relationship with BIG and we want to give Bjarke’s creation the most interesting afterlife of any of the previous pavilions.”



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