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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

London

The most visited of all summer pavilions of the famous London art gallery. The project by architects Herzog & de Meuron and visual artist Ai Weiwei, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 found its transversal element in cork. «It's soft and warm to the touch, has a very distinctive smell and has the versatility to be cut and formed into different shapes», noted the architects. It also offers a unique performance in terms of acoustic insulation, fire resistance and comfort.

Over 80 m3 of cork supplied by Corticeira Amorim were used in the circular complex multi-level structure. The furniture, 108 pieces made from expanded insulation corkboard, designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog e de Meuron for this purpose, was hand-carved by Amorim Isolamentos' skilled technicians, under the supervision of the team of architects. The Serpentine Pavilion 2012 is currently part of the private collection of collectors Usha and Lakshmi N. Mittal.

«It’s incredible how it Works. Its open but in some way it’s also enclosed. It’s like invisible glass walls that you don’t see but hardly hear the street…It is another quality of the cork.»

- Architect Pierre de Meuron