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 architectural centrepiece to The Green at WF CENTRAL, a world-class, 150,000 sqm retail, fine dining and hospitality hub in Wangfujing, in the centre of Dongcheng District.
Like the London Pavilion that inspired it, the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing will serve as a place for meeting and exchange, creating an engaging and rewarding cultural experience for all
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 of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 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.
"The Serpentine Pavilion cultural programme at WF CENTRAL focuses on community and explores the power and social benefits of art and culture," explained Mr Raymond Chow, Chairman of Wangfu Central Real Estate Development Company Limited and Executive Director of Hongkong Land. "The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing provides the architectural focal point for these activities, as part of WF CENTRAL's ongoing vision to engage, connect and build community through a considered curation of art and cultural creativity and experiential lifestyle."
"Liu Jiakun's inspiring Pavilion, set alongside the historic setting of the House21 (the Courtyard House), and wonderful open space of The Green, sets the scene for a thrilling programme of art, cultural and social events and happenings,” commented Yana Peel, CEO, Serpentine Galleries. “Like the London Pavilion that inspired it, the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing will serve as a place for meeting and exchange, creating an engaging and rewarding cultural experience for all."
At the core of the Serpentine's Pavilion programme is a wide range of art, cultural and lifestyle activities programmed within and around the structure. Activities include special 'Pavilion Weekends', which, once a month, in conjunction with two themed thought-leadership talks in the 'Inspiration Talk Series', involve a wide range of community events focused on the family; including well-being and creativity workshops; lawn parties; kids disco classes; digital performances and specially curated outdoor art-cinema evenings.
At the core of the Serpentine's Pavilion programme is a wide range of art, cultural and lifestyle activities programmed within and around the structure
The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing officially launched in May with a spectacular laser and digital media performance curated by acclaimed new media artist Feng Mengbo and singer, musician and producer Zhang Yadong, which followed a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by Ms Carma Elliot, Minister (Culture and Education), British Embassy Beijing, Mr Raymond Chow, Chairman of Wangfu Central Real Estate Development Company Limited and Executive Director of Hongkong Land, Ms Yana Peel, CEO, Serpentine Galleries and Mr Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, Mr Liu Jiakun, Principal of JIAKUN Architects along with Ms Shirley Lam, Vice President, China Commercial Property of Hongkong Land.