Serpentine Architecture Programme 2016: Pavilion and Summer Houses





Serpentine Pavilion 2016 designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Serpentine Summer Houses 2016 designed by Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ), Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman, Asif Khan

10 June - 9 October

In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. 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 Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

The Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is an ‘unzipped wall’ that is 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. Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple - a tribute to its robust form, space and material, recomposed into a new sculptural object. Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion also designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park. Yona Friedman’s Summer House takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations and builds upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale (Spatial City) begun in the late 1950s. Asif Khan’s 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. Headline sponsor: Goldman Sachs

Build Your Own Pavilion: Young Architects Competition

After a successful pilot year which saw over 650 entries from around the UK, the Build Your Own Pavilion competition is back for a second year and is open to 8-14 year olds worldwide. Enter the competition on the website and learn about the architectural process behind the Serpentine Pavilion from leading architects, download the brief and creative pack and sign up for live workshops in your area. Winning designs judged by Pavilion designers BIG will be chosen later this year. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine comprises two galleries situated on either side of The Serpentine lake in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens in central London. The Serpentine Gallery and the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design throughout the year.

Admission is free.
Exhibitions open 10am - 6pm, Tuesday - Sunday, plus bank holidays.

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA

Serpentine Sackler Gallery
West Carriage Drive
Kensington Gardens
London W2 2AR

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