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Wangfujing Serpentine Pavilion, Beijing

The first co-commissioned Serpentine Pavilion outside the UK

The Serpentine Pavilion Beijing is located just 600m from the Forbidden City and is the first major international co-commission since the Serpentine Pavilion programme was launched.

Arup provided structural engineering services for this temporary structure.

Project Summary

1st major international co-commission

600mfrom the Forbidden City

Highly challenging design

The pavilion’s form was inspired by an archer’s bow and comprises a series of arched cantilever plates stretched into position by tension wire cables.

We responded to the highly challenging design brief and fast-track programme by adopting advanced structural analytical techniques, combined with the innovative use of ultra-high strength structural steel, which allowed us to realise the intended super-slender structural form.

Over the past 18 years, the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission has become a pioneering and powerful example of living architecture for people of all ages and we hope that experience will be replicated in Beijing. ”

—  Hans Ulrich Obrist
Art Director, Serpentine Galleries

The Pavilion forms the centrepiece to The Green at WF CENTRAL – a 150,000m² retail, dining and hospitality destination at which Arup provided geotechnical, structural, building services, façade, fire and acoustic engineering services.

Designed by the New York-based architects KPF, WF CENTRAL is Hongkong Land’s first flagship retail-led project in Beijing, and it is expected to play a crucial role in the redevelopment of the historic Wangfujing area into a pre-eminent destination for leisure and commercial activities.