Serpentine Pavilion Beijing

Architectural Design: Jiakun Architects

Structure Scheme: Jiakun Architects

Artist: Liu Jiakun

Team: Liu Su, Yang Ying, Wen Feng, Zhu Weikun, Li Zhenya, and Wang Chongjin

Structure Consultant: Arup

Partners: Serpentine Galleries (London); HongKong Land (Beijing)

Location: Wangfujing, WF Central, Dongcheng District, Beijing China

Duration: May 29th - October 31st 2018

Force is shapeless but exists everywhere. How to treat Force? It is not only about the attitude towards technology, but also about culture. Beyond the symbol of China's representation, the Pavilion takes Force as the theme of expression and draws inspiration from bow,, to reveals an internal sense of Oriental consciousness with the state of "draw the bow without firing the arrow".

The whole Pavilion is a minimalist mechanical installation: the "bow" is composed of a series of layered spring steels with a decreasing number from the bottom to top that are merely connected by bolts; their tips are dragged down by "bow string", which is strong steel cables, and simultaneously balanced by the "arrow" - beams on the bottom. The elasticity and the tension from material balanced these three elements, forming a unsupported self-stabilizing structure that is full of energy and internal tension. This kind of brand new structure is called "Bow-arch" Structure.

Because of the specific location of Wangfujing, a special kind of tile, specially used for the Forbidden City in ancient China and fired in the southern region of Yangtze River, is utilized for the flooring. This succinct and unique material hints the location and tradition. The grey - black structural longitudinal curves also correspond to the traditional shape of roof. Since each bow can be adjusted according to the tension, the contour of the eave can be adapted to the site, resulting in the change from the vertical arch to the horizontal, or the anti-warping. On this occasion, the Pavilion is close to the Forbidden City, so it used anti-warped profile to echo the cornice of Chinese traditional roof.