Every summer, in the heart of Hyde Park in London, a stunning architectural installation rises and sets. These are temporary structures erected in the garden of the Serpentine Gallery for everyone who wants to get in touch with the visions of contemporary architecture.
The Serpentine Gallery is a Grade II listed former tea pavilion opened in 1970. Since 2000, an international architect who has not completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery’s invitation is given the opportunity to create a little world that allows you to experience a new concept of space.
This year the Summer Pavilion is by the Danish Bjarke Ingels Group: it is an ‘unzipped wall’ transformed from straight line to three-dimensional space, creating a dramatic structure that by day houses a café and free family activities and by night becomes a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed Park Nights programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians.
At the same time, a rigid and a fluid structure, hard and soft, pointed but rounded.
If you spend some days in London this summer, this is one of the many opportunities to enjoy the best of world culture without spending a pound.
From June 10 to October 9, 2016
c / o Serpentine Galleries (open and free all year)
Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
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