The Serpentine Pavilion

The Serpentine Gallery has been challenging architects who haven’t built in the UK before to build provocative temporary pavilions in Kensington Gardens for the past 15 years. It has now become an integral part of the London Summer season and I have wiled away many hours over the last few years sitting in previous pavilions. Indeed in 2005, I worked with the Serpentine on the pavilion designed by Portuguese architects Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura. What I love about the Serpentine Pavilion project is how each summer the startling new design is embraced and celebrated by the public. Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has designed this year’s pavilion. The structure resembles a large UFO like fiberglass doughnut perched on top of some large quarried stones strewn around the site. Holes in the main structure afford views of the surrounding park and overall Radic’s pavilion though startlingly futuristic on first sight is a beautifully tranquil space and I can see myself spending a lot of time there this summer.

The Serpentine Pavilion Until October 2014