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Arup to work with Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei on new Serpentine pavilion

Consultant Arup is to work with architects Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei on the next summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

The Arup team, led by Stuart Smith, will provide all engineering and specialist technical advice for the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

This year’s Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each preceding pavilion and a 12th column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.4 metres above ground.

The Pavilion’s interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen partly to echo the excavated earth.

“This year’s Serpentine Pavilion has allowed us as a design team to build on the strong working relationship we originally forged designing the National Stadium for the Beijing Olympics,” said Smith.

The 2012 Pavilion has been purchased by Usha and Lakshmi N. Mittal and will enter their private collection after it closes to the public in October 2012.

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