Peter Zumthor and Piet Oudolf - Serpentine Pavilion 2011

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by famed Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

photo by Hufton and Crow

The 2011 Pavilion is the 11th commission by the Serpentine Gallery. Every year a well known architect is asked to design this seasonal pavilion. Zumthor's structure is his first building in the UK. It includes a specially created garden by the influential Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

photo by Hufton and Crow

The concept for Zumthor's Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a Latin term for 'enclosed garden'. It is a contemplative room, a garden within a structure.

One enters the building and begins the transition into the central garden, a place buffered from worldly noise and traffic. It is an interior space designed for sitting, walking and enjoying the garden.

photo by Cybermyth13

I find Zumthor's statements in this Video instructive. He says as he gets older he is more tuned into the the garden. Sometimes it takes architects years before they realize the building and the surroundings are one and the same.

Hit this link below to see a minute long Video interview with Zumthor:

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 by Peter Zumthor from Serpentine Gallery on Vimeo.


  1. Oudolf's planting plans always fascinate me - thank you for finding and sharing this one! This garden is very interesting, on my very long list of those I would like to visit in person some day. I love your site, have been silently following for quite a long time and you never fail to inspire. Have a lovely day,


    1. Brenda - you have made my day...

      I so appreciate that you chose to tell my how you like Oudolf. This structure to me is more about Oudolf than about the architect.

  2. Thanks for putting up the link to that video. It was great to hear an architect taling about putting landscape in the center.

  3. I also adore Oudolf and his feeling for plants. The handdrawn plant-plan is interesting to see. In addition to that I´m happy about the comparison of the plan and the real planting. They create such a strong atmosphere.Nice

  4. I agree- the architect was very gracious when speaking about gardens. Kudos to Zumthor! and wasn't the planting plan by Oudolf interesting? Makes me wonder why I bothered to learn autocad. :-)

  5. Its very amazing. How do I wish to have such a beautiful garden for my house.

  6. start small - in containers! gradually it grows....


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