Sunday, September 23, 2018

Unzipped in Toronto

The Serpentine Pavilion which resembles a pixelated ziploc bag, bulging from some sort of food product and placed on the lawn in anticipation of a barbecue feast, is a contemporary architectural exhibit by Bjarke Ingels. You can find the interesting display at 533 King Street West, tucked into the backyard and behind a barrier, just look for the lineup. Entrance is free daily from 10am to 6pm and if you go to their website you can order complimentary tickets on eventbrite and go to a smaller lineup. I booked my ticket while I was in lineup and within minutes I was inside the pavilion.

From the Unzipped Toronto website; It is the "centrepiece of a new exhibit titled “Unzipped”. The temporary Pavilion made of 1802 stacked fibreglass 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."

Inside are displays, photos and models to explore

Hollow fibreglass blocks are stacked and bolted together to form a shape that is like a funky tent, the openings at the ends of the tent definitely resembles a giant open zipper. Overall the exhibit is 27m long, 12m wide and 14m high.

The temporary display is on tour and will eventually end up in a permanent home in Vancouver, along the waterfront. See more of the structure after the jump.

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