This year’s Serpentine Pavilion was unveiled yesterday – it’s the annual temporary architectural commission in the gardens of London’s Serpentine Gallery.
The pavilion was designed by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA (architects of New York’s New Museum) and will be on view until October 18. Events, lectures and parties will be held under the pavilion’s silver roof all summer until then.
Another view. Image: e-architect.co.uk
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York. Image: 3.bp.blogspot.com
Our favorite pavilion was by Toyo Ito in 2002, and others have been beautifully realized by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura in 2005 and the Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson with Kjetil Thorsen in 2007.
Each year, an architect who has never built in the UK is chosen for the project. Afterwards, the pavilion is sold, presumably to wealthy patrons with large country estates.
Toyo Ito’s stunning Serpentine Pavilion. Image: businessweek.com
Click HERE for more on the current and past pavilions.