The Big Zipper – the Serpentine Pavilion 2016

Serpentine Pavilion 2016Every year the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens commissions a temporary summer pavilion to stand next to the gallery and showcase new architecture. They’re always amazing structures, innovative and completely different to each other, and the architect is always one who hasn’t yet built anything in the UK. This year we’ve been spoilt – besides the main pavilion there are four summer houses by different architects to choose from. Continue reading

Architecture for the Instagram Generation – the Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine PavilionHave you taken your photos of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion yet? I have. It’s irresistibly psychedelic, as though the sixties had come back to life in Kensington Gardens. The pavilion may look odd as you walk past it on a sunless day, but go inside when the sun’s shining and you won’t be able to resist getting out the phone and snapping away.  Continue reading

The Serpentine Pavilion Opening Day

Serpentine PavilionThe sun shone on us yesterday at the official opening of the new Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park as people climbed over, scrambled under and generally took possession of Sou Fujimoto’s amazing floating structural grid. There was a summer party atmosphere, especially among those lucky folk who had got tickets for Fujimoto’s sell-out talk. Naturally, I was one of them. Continue reading