The Serpentine Pavilion is one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on London’s cultural calendar and once again COS have created a beautiful film featuring this year’s creation. It’s the work of Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, whose shell-like cylindrical structure rests on quarry stones; seemingly at once both spawned from a prehistoric past and/or dropped from a future galaxy.
Smiljan was inspired by follies and the way in which they were made to look artificially archaic: “The 2014 Pavilion takes these principles and applies them using a contemporary architectural language,” he says.
COS worked with filmmaker Matthew Donaldson to put together this beautiful tribute to Smiljan’s creation, in which Serpentine curator Hans Ulrich Obrist explains that it’s intended to be “a platform, a trigger, a catalyst…”
In the pavilion’s design, COS see the same love of curves and obsession with silhouettes which so often shapes their collections, and it’s also a perfect way to mark their sponsorship of the Serpentine’s Park Nights series, with poetry, art, music and film events taking place in the pavilion cover the coming weeks.