The Serpentine Pavilion by the masterful Peter Zumthor embodies a silent meditation of nature packed into a black box. The structure plays with the senses of visitors by initially absorbing all the light and subsequently opening up a lush floral courtyard offering a calm sun-filled relaxation spot. The Pavilion is classic Zumthor with his minimalism and modest modernism, pushing the envelope of restrained design by reducing aesthetic elements and even light itself. As the black box engulfs the visitors, they are led by a distant sunlight through a dark corridor into the inner courtyard.
Only at this point, the true meaning of this space is understood – a closed garden (lat. hortus conclusus) connects the jet black building with vivid nature. The garden is designed by Piet Oudolf (Netherlands) and its size of 250 m2 creates an abundance of space for contemplation in harmony with flora of various colours, shapes, sizes and aromas. Angling into the courtyard, the roof enables unobstructed view of the sky. Sheltered seating area is placed around the garden.