2012 Pavilion Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Cork was a highlight at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in the summer of 2012, and for four and a half months. The Portuguese material was chosen by the duo of Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron & who designed this temporary architecture project with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The possibility that cork can be easily carved, cut, shaped, formed, and its great versatility were significant in the choice of this natural material, with advantages in terms of touch and smell. The Serpentine Pavilion project in Hyde Park began in 2000 and every summer it welcomes interventions by some of the most reputed architects, such as Oscar Niemeyer, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, among others.