Smiljan Radic – Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014

” The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 comes from a small model that I made with masking tape,” says Smiljan Radic. When you do a model you always have to refuse some ideas because they are too sophisticated when you change the scale. But here we changed not so much. You feel like you’re inside a big model.”

The key to achieving this effect, Radić says, is the rough, unfinished texture of the fibreglass. “I worked with unfinished fibreglass because you never see it that way,” he explains. “Everything is a little bit crude. And for me the texture of the material has a hand-made quality.”

“From outside you will see an opaque volume, like a refuge,” he explains. “But from inside you can see that it is translucent. There’s also a relationship to the landscape, with a lot of holes so you can see the landscape of this beautiful park.”

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