Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011

September 6, 2011

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 (Showed above) – a rectangular black box enclosing a garden in the middle – remained me of the Chinese character “Yuan” 園 for garden.  The character for “Yuan” (showed below), is enclosed by a wall, with the phonetic radical “yuan” in the middle, which is not only a phonetic symbol but also expressed the essence of a Chinese garden, it is made of “earth/soil” (“tu” 土) at the top to grow flowers, shrubs and trees, has a “mouth” (“kou” 口) in the middle  to represent openings to express the idea of framed views and borrowed views used in a garden and “female” (“nu” 女) at the bottom to represent the garden being a Yin place  – a quiet retreat from the outside world.

Peter Zumthors does a masterpiece of Qing-Dan 清淡 (simple and elegant) architecture again with this pavilion and reduced a garden right down to its Benxing 本性 (original character or essence) just like what the Chinese character for garden tried to express.


2 Responses to “Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011”

  1. Robin Says:

    I love your BLOG, for my Masters Degree I have been researching well-being, peoples needs to gain this elusive state of being and the beneficial effects of water combined with sculpture to create a restorative environment. In my quest for beauty, calm, stimulation and aesthetics for indoor and outdoor spaces your blog has some really interesting thoughts. I would like your permission for me to quote you (I will of course acknowledge you). I also like the format of your blog. Best wishes Robin

  2. howardchoy Says:

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for your kind words, by all means please quote me if it is useful for your thesis and good luck to your study.


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