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In this movie by film studio Stephenson/Bishop, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto explains how he tried to combine nature and architecture when designing this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which is open for three more weeks in London's Kensington Gardens.
Built on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery, Sou Fujimoto's cloud-like pavilion comprises a grid of white poles that ascend upwards to form layered terraces with circles of transparent polycarbonate inserted to shelter from rain and reflect sunlight.
"From the beginning I didn't think 'I'd like to make a cloud'," says Fujimoto, explaining how he tried to design a structure that would fit in with its surroundings. "I was impressed by the beautiful surroundings of Kensington Garden, the beautiful green, so I tried to create something that was melting into the green."
"Of course the structure should be artificial so I tried to create something between architecture and nature; that kind of concept has been a big interest in my career so it is really natural to push forward with that concept for the future," he adds.