Serpentine Galleries and WF CENTRAL Open Serpentine Pavilion Beijing

Serpentine Galleries and WF CENTRAL Open Serpentine Pavilion Beijing

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Designed by Jiakun Architects, the first international Pavilion in Beijing hosts an eclectic programme of art, cultural and lifestyle experiences.

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photographs: Serpentine Sackler Gallery Photograph © 2017 John Offenbach

The first international Serpentine Pavilion officially launched on May 29, 2018 with a spectacular laser and digital media performance. Designed by renowned Chinese architect Liu Jiakun, founder of eminent architectural practice JIAKUN Architects, the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing is the first co-commissioned Serpentine Pavilion presented outside of the UK. It forms the stunning architectural centerpiece to The Green at WF CENTRAL, the world-class, 150,000-sq.m retail, fine dining and hospitality hub in Wangfujing, in the centre of Dongcheng District.

Drawing from both historical and social context of Wangfujing and reflecting the significance of the 18-year history of the Serpentine Pavilion commission, the design features an arched form that balances the forces of tensions and compression. The Pavilion takes inspiration from Confucianism with an architecture that is a physical representation of the traditional pursuit of Junzi. The design is characterised by the figure of the archer, in the form of a curved cantilever beam that incorporates the forces of elasticity through cables stretched between steel plates. The Pavilion provides the creative architectural backdrop to the WF CENTRAL and Serpentine Pavilion Beijing programme, a unique and highly diverse series of cultural and artistic activities, special events, inspiring lifestyle experiences and exciting social encounters to be experienced by visitors to WF CENTRAL from June to October 2018.

A key feature of the programme will be the ‘Inspiration Talk Series’, a special series of talks and panel discussions involving leading architects and artists, together with thought-leaders across a wide spectrum of industries including leading finance, media, entertainment, retail and hospitality experts, invited to debate a range of topics exploring the role of art and culture in subjects such as urban renewal, innovation and social inclusion.

The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing programme at WF CENTRAL provides visitors and the local community with the opportunity to not only appreciate but actively engage with the installation itself and enjoy the social and cultural activities that take place alongside and within the Pavilion.