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Intelligence The Serpentine Pavilion 2016

On a beautiful summer’s morning in London's Hyde Park, the Serpentine Galleries revealed its 16th annual pavilion. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion, an architect who is yet to build a permanent building in England, Bjarke Ingels was this year’s chosen architect. Situated on the lawn of the Serpentine Galleries, Bjarke Ingels has created an “unzipped wall” drawing inspiration from one of the most basic elements of architecture: the brick wall. The wall is erected from 1,802 pultruded fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other. “Bjarke Ingels has responded to the brief for a multi-purpose Pavilion with a supremely elegant structure that is both curvaceous wall and soaring spire, that will surely serve as a beacon - drawing visitors across Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens to visit the Pavilion” states Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, Serpentine Galleries. The wall is pulled apart to form a cavity within it to become a space for the Serpentine’s acclaimed ‘Park Nights’ programme of performative works by artists, writers and musicians.

Furthering this celebration of architecture, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its programme for 2016 by commissioning four architects; Kunle Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Frienman and Asif Khan to design 25sqm Summer Houses. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Galleries. Asif Khan’s Summer House is one of our favourites, the design is inspired by the fact that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned in a way that would allow it to catch the sunlight from The Serpentine lake.

The Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses are open from 10 June to 9 October 2016.

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James Hart