Olafur Eliasson . Serpentine Gallery Pavilion . 2007


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Serpentine Gallery

Olafur Eliasson . Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Place: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London

Date: 2007

Artist/Architect: Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen

Client: Olafur Eliasson / Serpentine Gallery



Design and construction of the 120 “sails” of the Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion designed by the artist Olafur Eliasson and the architect Kjetil Thorsen at Kensington Gardens in London.

Preparation of approx. 14,000 m cable for 12 architectural sails on 4 machine benches and installation. One sail consists of approx. 120 m of braided special cables with 32 strands. Every sail has its own individual dimensional variations.

The sail was delivered with an initial tension and fitted in its final position (tensioned) in adjustable special bearings. It is fitted in an upward helix over a course of 70 m with an altered connection angle.




approx. 120 pieces; 3200 mm x 550 mm



fluorescent synthetic rope



special aluminium water cuts and construction of the machine tables

draw-in of the special cables into the machine tables

special brackets (tensionable)

calculation of the clamping force, crimping technology

64 x 120 drillings (round counter sunk)

transport packing and logistics

on-site installation