What is your favourite Summer Pavilion? Mine is for sure the 2015 one. Since living in London I try to go every year and the last three years I’ve succeeded to do so. The Summer Pavilion is a commissioned temporary structure put up in Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park close to the Serpentine Gallery. Over the last 15 years famous and not so famous artists have been asked to build their creative ideas.
2015 – The 2015 Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion has been designed by the SelgasCano‘s couple. The practice, founded by José Selgas and Lucía Cano in 2008, was the first Spanish firm in charge of designing the temporary structure outside the gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens. The structure is an intriguing set of tunnels built using a white construction covered with different colours of ETFE plastic. The sun playing with the colours transport you to a mesmerising world where you just want to wander and wander …
2014 – In 2014 Chilean architect Smiljan Radić designed the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion, a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembled a shell. The organic shape embraced you like a cocoon. It was like a cocoon aka space ship ready to take off.
2013 – The visionary Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013. The structure breathed a fragility that Japanese designers do so well. to quote the Serpentine Gallery’s words: “at 41, Fujimoto was the youngest architect to accept the invitation to create a temporary structure for the Serpentine Gallery. The Pavilion was constructed from 20mm white steel poles in an intricate latticework pattern that seemed to rise up out of the ground like a shimmering matrix. The Pavilion was intended as a free-flowing social space that Fujimoto described as “a transparent terrain”.”
I think the Summer Pavilion is one of my favourite pop-up art works, that is able to surprise me over and over again.