The vibrant pavilion travels to the U.S. for the first time—and it just opened to the public at an Ice Age excavation site in Los Angeles.
Rechristened the Second Home Pavilion after its owners, the immersive, chrysalis-like structure was originally created by the Madrid–based architecture firm as the 15th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London in 2015.
The sinuous structure derives its organic shape from nature, yet it’s primarily composed of an artificial material—Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), a lightweight, industrial-strength construction plastic that’s often used as a safer and more adaptable alternative to glass. SelgasCano wrapped an arched steel frame with multicolored layers of ETFE to create a translucent, rainbow-bright structure that changes color and appearance throughout the day.
“We sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements: structure, light, transparency, shadows, lightness, form, sensitivity, change, surprise, color, and materials,” explains SelgasCano. “The spatial qualities of the pavilion only unfold when accessing the structure and being immersed within it.”
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