À Table – 2023 Serpentine Pavilion by Lina Ghotmeh

3 min read  ·  16 Jun 2023

Presenting the 22nd Serpentine Pavilion and HENI Talks film Lina Ghotmeh Reveals Her Inspiration Behind The 2023 Serpentine Pavilion

HENI is excited to partner with Serpentine to present the 22nd Serpentine Pavilion, designed by French-Lebanese, Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh.

The Pavilion, titled À Table, is open to the public until 29 October 2023. Learn more about Lina Ghotmeh's fascinating vision in our latest HENI Talks film, in which the architect discusses, shares and reveals the inspiration, the structure, and design of the Pavilion.

Inspired by the Lina Ghotmeh's Mediterranean heritage and fervent discussions around the table over current affairs, politics, personal lives, and dreams, the Pavilion is titled À table– a French call to sit down together at a table to engage and participate in dialogue while sharing a meal. As such, the interior of the Pavilion features a concentric table along the perimeter, inviting visitors to convene, sit down, think, share and celebrate exchanges that enable new relationships to form. Considering food as an expression of care, the Pavilion's design is a space for grounding and reflection on our relationship to land, nature and environment.

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Pencil & Watercolor Sketch by © Lina Ghotmeh, Courtesy: Serpentine

Built predominantly from bio-sourced and low-carbon materials, the Serpentine Pavilion 2023 continues Ghotmeh's focus on sustainability and designing spaces that are conceived in dialogue with the natural environment that surrounds them. The design of the space responds to the shape of the surrounding tree canopies, the internal wooden beams that encircle the perimeter of the Pavilion emerge as thin tree trunks. The fretwork panels that sit between the beams feature plant-like cut out patterns, allowing natural light and ventilation. The Pavilion's pleated roof is inspired by a structure of a palm leaf and the lightwell in the middle furthers the space's integration with its environment.