SelgasCano’s Psychedelic Serpentine Pavilion Opens at the La Brea Tar Pits



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.

The pavilion is composed of 19 different colors. The steel frame, painted matte white, is bolted to a thin concrete slab foundation.

As a #LoveLetterToLA, British workplace business Second Home has brought SelgasCano‘s delightfully trippy Serpentine Pavilion to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. The temporary installation traveled from Europe to the U.S. to celebrate the September opening of Second Home’s first U.S. branch, Second Home Hollywood.

The Second Home Pavilion is located on a grassy ellipse next to the La Brea Tar Pits—the only urban, consistently active Ice Age excavation site in the world.

The Second Home Pavilion is located on a grassy ellipse next to the La Brea Tar Pits—the only urban, consistently active Ice Age excavation site in the world.

Iwan Baan

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.

The pavilion is composed of 19 different colors. The steel frame, painted matte white, is bolted to a thin concrete slab foundation.

The pavilion is composed of 19 different colors. The steel frame, painted matte white, is bolted to a thin concrete slab foundation.

Iwan Baan

“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.”

The pavilion is an Instagram-worthy playground of color and light. The organizers encourage visitors to use the hashtag #LoveLetterToLA to receive a discount on general admission to the museum.

The pavilion is an Instagram-worthy playground of color and light. The organizers encourage visitors to use the hashtag #LoveLetterToLA to receive a discount on general admission to the museum.

Iwan Baan

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