Saturday, October 13, 2018

Serpentine Pavilion

It's turning out to be a very artsy weekend for hubby and me! We went to #unzippedtoronto today to check out the Serpentine Pavilion. This is a travelling structure that was conceived for a client in London, and will eventually find its permanent home on the Vancouver waterfront. We've seen "unzipped" being built for months, but we hadn't heard much about it, so we weren't sure what to expect. Upon entering the pavilion, I was confused. Was this an exhibition space? Or a condominium project?

Turns out it's a bit of both. The exhibits within the pavilion focus on projects by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), an architectural firm that designs a wide variety of spaces around the world. It just so happens that BIG designed an interesting condominium project for Westbank (a real estate developer), which will eventually be built on the current "unzipped" site, and may prove to be an exciting addition to the neighbourhood.

Overall, #unzippedtoronto was an interesting combination of commerce and art that can often have a polarizing effect on people. The exhibit focuses on a narrow sliver of architectural design, but structure is pretty neat. The Serpentine Pavilion is open daily from 10am to 6pm and will be around for another month or so. There is no entrance fee, but sign up at the Unzipped Toronto website is required for entry.

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