Architect Nouvel brings splash of red to UK gallery

Tue Jul 6, 2010 4:10pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - French architect Jean Nouvel has brought a vivid splash of red to London's Serpentine Gallery with an asymmetric structure featuring red table tennis tables among activities on offer to visitors.

The structure, Nouvel's first completed building in Britain, is the 10th in the gallery's annual series of architectural projects built outside the museum located in Kensington Gardens.

The design for the 2010 Pavilion combines lightweight materials and metal structures, and everything is rendered in red reflecting internationally recognizable British images of traditional telephone boxes, post boxes and London buses.

The building, unveiled on Tuesday, consists of bold geometric forms, large retractable awnings and a freestanding wall that climbs 12 meters (yards) above the lawn.

Around it Nouvel created spaces for outdoor enjoyment, with red table tennis tables, draughts, chess, frisbees and kites all available for the public to play with throughout the summer months. The pavilion is open from July 10 to October 17.

Nouvel, born in 1945, was awarded the coveted Pritzker Prize for architecture in 2008 for work on more than 200 projects including the Arab World Institute in Paris and the Agbar Tower in Barcelona.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>French architect Jean Nouvel poses in front of his Serpentine Gallery Pavillion 2010, in Hyde Park in London July 6, 2010. The Pavilion which is Nouvel's first completed building in Britain is the 10th commission in the Gallery&rsquo;s annual series. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>