Paris-based Lebanese Architect Lina Ghotmeh has been selected to design the 22nd annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for 2023
Ghotmeh has revealed her designs for the Pavilion. Titled À Table – the French phrase for eating meals together – it will be presented at the Kensington Gardens in London from June to October.
The design is comprised of a timber structure featuring a roof with numerous gables extending from its center. The center of the design will include tables and benches intended for public gatherings and conversations.
“À Table is an invitation to dwell together in the same space and around the same table. It is an encouragement to enter into a dialogue, to convene and to think about how we could reinstate and re-establish our relationship to nature and the Earth,” Ghotmeh explained.
The architect also aims to reduce carbon footprint with this design by using low-carbon recycled glass to create the glass doors, as well as using laminated veneer lumber (LVL) which is an effective substance that, in contrast to the more popular cross-laminated lumber, permits a more slender structure.
“The Earth that embraces us is our first source of sustenance; without it, we living beings, could not survive,” declared the architect.