A space for exchange and celebration. Serpentine Pavilion 2023 by Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture

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Lina Ghotmeh - Architecture. Principal Architect and Designer.- Lina Ghotmeh.
India Alarcón Rojas, Mohamad Arayssi, Edoardo Betti, Anna Checchi, Ismail Hutet, Bruno Faivre.
Project Directors
CEO.- Bettina Korek.
Artistic Director.- Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Project Leader
Director of Construction and Special Projects.- Julie Burnell.
Natalia Grabowska, Curator at Large, Architecture and Site-specific Projects.
Alexa Chow, Assistant Exhibitions Curator.
Technical Consultant.- David Glover.
Town Planning Consultans DP9.- Barnaby Collins, Theo Barker.
The Technical Department.- Jeremy Singleton.
Technical Advisors. AECOM.- John Leach, Ben Lewis, Jame Wright, Sara Mandoki, Louise McGinley, Katja Leszzcynska, Sam Saunders, Chris Tsamadias, Adam Juster, Andra Teodora Soiman, Samuel Brench, Alastair Bartlett, Iain Heath, James Wells, Robert Murphy, David Cheshire Artur Nowakowski, Roddy Prayag, Natalie Harris.
Project Advisors
Michael Bloomberg, Chairman, Serpentine Board of Trustees.
Sir David Adjaye OM OBE, Architect and Trustee, Serpentine Board of Trustees.
Andrew Scattergood, CEO, The Royal Parks.
Tom Jarvis, Director, The Royal Parks.
Andrew Williams, Park Manager, The Royal Parks.
Ovidu Mosor, Senior Structural Engineer, Westminster City Council Distric Surveyor's Office (Building Control).
Westminster City Council Planning Office.
London Fire and Emergency Planing Authority.
London Region, English Heritage.
The Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
Stage One Creative Services Ltd.- Tim Leigh, Ted Featonby, Tiff Blakey.
Area and dimensions
Overall site area.- 50.26 m² .
Gross internal area.- Central/ Internal area 200 m².
Outer gallery area,- 100 m².
Footprint.- 28 m² .
Dimesions of Pavilion.- The Pavilion footprint is circular on plan whit a diameter of 21,1 m, located on the laws in front of the east façade of Serpentine South
The central oculus has an internal diameter of approximately 3.4m.
The maximum height of the Pavilion is 4.4m from ground/ finished floor level to centre of the oculus roof covering, and 3.1 m to the eaves level.
Structure and materials
- The Pavilion is made up of glulam (GL 30 H) timber columns and rafters with a central steel supporting ring beam forming the oculus opening. The roof deck is formed of plywood sheets with a liquid applied membrane covering on the top surface for weatherproofing. The ply deck is supported on plywood purlins spanning between rafters. The oculus roof covering has a central steel support with a prestressed ETFE membrane cover.

- Perforated (fretted) plywood panels sit between columns forming the external façade of the pavilion. All plywood and glulam surfaces are stained and treated for fire resistance and external use. Connections are typically screwed/bolted connections between the primary structural elements.

- Aside from the structural timber, the other main materials being used are precast concrete for the pad foundations which are designed to be removable and reusable, and steel for the high stress elements such as the buckling restraint purlins, acting as a flitch beam, and the connections between structural elements.
The structure is exposed externally but will be protected by a liquid waterproof membrane and with the 'inner' oculus covering.
From 09 June to 29 October 2023.
Serpentine Gallery. Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA. UK.

Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh. Born in Beirut in 1980, she grew up in this millenary and cosmopolitan city marked by the stigmata of war. If she wanted to become an archaeologist, her studies at the Department of Architecture at the American University of Beirut, led her to question the traces, the memory, the space and the landscape differently by developing her projects with a profoundly sustainable approach. to the approach, according to its terms, of an "Archeology of the future". After graduating with the Azar and Areen awards, Lina continues her training at the Special School of Architecture in Paris where she becomes an associate professor between 2008 and 2015.

It is in London that she collaborates with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners and that she wins, in 2005, the international competition of the National Estonian Museum. At this event, she co-founded the agency D.G.T Architects in Paris and leads, then with its partners Dorell and Tane, this great National Museum to its realization. Hailed unanimously by the international press and prestigiously awarded (Grand Prix Afex 2016, nominated for the Van der Rohe Award 2017), the museum has become emblematic of avant-garde architecture combining relevance and beauty of the gesture.

The approach of Lina Ghotmeh, imbued with extreme sensitivity, testifies in each of his proposals of his visionary vision and his libertarian spirit like the projects noticed: Really Masséna (winner of Réinventons Paris) or the complex of the El Khoury Stone Garden Foundation in Beirut.

With its multicultural experiences and strong involvement in the issues of his time, the architect is regularly invited to speak at conferences, juries or workshops in France and abroad. She is distinguished by several prizes including the Ajap prize in 2008, the Dejean prize from the 2016 Academy of Architecture.

By Christine Blanchet, Journalist, Art Historian
Photograph © Hannah Assouline
Lina Ghotmeh leads her practice Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture, a critically acclaimed, international firm of architects, designers, and researchers based in Paris. She carries her works in the world at the crossroad of Art, Architecture & Design. Echoing her lived experience of Beirut – a palimpsest of unrest – her designs are orchestrated as an "Archeology of the Future" where every project emerges in complete symbiosis with nature following a thorough historical and materially sensitive research investigation.

Ghotmeh’s projects include the Estonian National Museum (Grand Prix Afex 2016 & Mies Van Der Rohe Nominee); ‘Stone Garden’, crafted tower and gallery spaces in Beirut (Dezeen 2021 Architecture of the year Award), Lebanon; ‘Réalimenter Masséna’ wooden tower dedicated to sustainable food culture in Paris (laureate of Paris’ call for innovative projects), France; Ateliers Hermès in Normandy, first passive low carbon workshops building, in  France; Wonderlab exhibition in Tokyo and Beijing & Les Grands Verres for the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.

She is Louis I Khan 2021 visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture in United States and Gehry Chair 2021–22 at the University of Toronto, Canada. She co-presides the Scientific Network for architecture in extreme climates and is was a member of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022 Jury. Among Prizes, she was awarded in 2021 the 2020 Schelling Architecture Prize, has received the 2020 Tamayouz ‘Woman of Outstanding Achievement’, the French Fine Arts Academy Cardin Award 2019, the Architecture Academy Dejean Prize 2016 and the French Ministry of Culture Award in 2008.



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