Courtesy Junya Ishigami + Associates, photo by Iwan Baan

On June 21, the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami will open to the public on the lawn of the Kensington Gardens in London. The pavilion is a prestigious annual commission from London's Serpentine Gallery that started in 2000 with a design by Zaha Hadid.

Taking the form of a sloping triangular roof, the structure measures almost 100 feet long and was constructed using more than 67 tons of Cumbrian slate, resulting in a mountainous, jagged form. Reaching around 15 feet at its highest tallest point, the roof is supported by a "forest" of columns in a random arrangement.

Courtesy Junya Ishigami + Associates, photo by Iwan Baan

"A stone creates a landscape, and a landscape usually sits outside of a building," Ishigami said in a press release. "I wanted to create the landscape inside the building, as a theory of the landscape that the stone creates outside. In that sense, I tried to create this landscape that exists outside, inside the building itself."

Courtesy Junya Ishigami + Associates, photo by Iwan Baan
Courtesy Junya Ishigami + Associates, photo by Iwan Baan

The Serpentine Pavilion will be open to visitors from June 21- Oct. 6.