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Bjarke Ingels’ critically acclaimed 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, dubbed the “unzipped wall”, has been re-assembled in Toronto as the centrepiece of a new exhibit titled “Unzipped”. The temporary Pavilion made of 1802 stacked fibre glass boxes welcomed a record number of visitors during its 2016 run in London’s Hyde Park and was acquired by Westbank shortly after. The Pavilion will now be the centre piece of the new exhibition at King and Brant, which will serve as an architectural showcase by day and a destination for unique programming, dialogue and events by night. It will remain in place until the end of November 2018.
The “unzipped wall” is a play on one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. Rather than clay bricks or stone blocks, the wall is constructed from extruded fibre glass frames stacked on top of each other. The wall is “unzipped” to form a cavern within it, originally to house the events of the Pavilion program in London and now, to house an architectural exhibit curated by BIG in Toronto. When reconstructed, the Pavilion will conform to its original design and measurements, at 27 metres (88.5 feet) long, 12 metres (39 feet) wide and 14 metres (46 feet) high.
Toronto marks the beginning of the Pavilion’s multi-city tour — the first of its kind for a Serpentine Pavilion — before ultimately landing in Vancouver, to find its permanent home beside Westbank’s Shaw Tower on the waterfront.
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