Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Serpentine Galleries Annual Summer Pavilion

Every summer the two serpentine galleries commission a temporary summer pavilion to be constructed by an architect who has not completed a building in England at the time

the first pavilion in the year 2000 by Zaha Hadid

2008 pavilion by Frank Gehry

2013 pavilion by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto

2015 pavilion by Selgas Cano

2016 pavilion by Bjarke Ingels


“The inspiration started from the beautiful surroundings.
I was so impressed by the beautiful green surroundings, so I tried to create in this green environment something between nature and architecture, tried to create a transparent structure that melts into the background.

The grid itself is quite straight, rigid and quite artificial. But when you have such a huge amount, it becomes more like an organic cloud-like or forest-like structure.”


United Visual Artists - Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion Intervention, London (2013)

As an event UVA transformed Sou Fujimoto’s summer pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery, bringing the cloud-like structure to life with an electrical storm. Their performative installation aims to make the architecture “breathe”, awakening a character and energy, seemingly from within. For this piece UVA reference their past works which, similar to Fujimoto’s, rely on geometric foundations and interests.

The Pavilions on our Porch

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2000
Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid was the first to be approached by the Serpentine Gallery to install a pop up summer pavilion. Pushing the boundaries of a marquee she was able to breach the barrier between permanent solidity of a structure, and the throwaway society that London holds. Whilst at the same time reminding the city to have fun!

She created 600sqft of flexible space underneath a canopy of triangulated canvas, between steel structures.

“Briefly brilliant …” The Guardian

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2001
Daniel Libeskind

Libeskind’s angular pavilion reflects the beauty of its natural surroundings. Bringing the quality of the park into an interior space, rather than letting itself be open to the elements.

‘Temporary structures like Eighteen Turns are great additions to our parks and cityscapes; they can offer us adventurous, alternative and even radical impressions of what a new architecture might be.’ The Guardian

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007
Zaha Hadid Architects & Patrik Schumacher
12 July – 21 July 2007

The three organic forms from Hadid offered a truly flexible space. Providing the shelter that is needed, the white forms can be illuminated to suite the use of the space in the evening. Making sure that the space was used every night for the 9 days it was erect.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007
Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen
24 August - 5 November 2007

The combination of an artist and architect seems to have taken the wrong path. Having lost focus of what a pavilion should provide, they strived to create everything, sweeping walk ways, internal chamber space, of which you can view from above. However for me, the specificity of the design is where it falls short. Flexibility is the key to creating what the space needs.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008
Frank Gehry
20 July - 19 October

Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade Frank Gehry masterminded a fun transient space. The arrangement of the glazed panes is solidified through the thick timber beams. Creating a space where people stumble upon the exhibitions, debates and performances.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2010
Jean Nouvel
10 July - 17 October 2010

The pip within the apple, ‘concentrated life’. The perfect place for a date.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
1 June - 14 October 2012

The history of the Pavilions! I can’t help but feel it’s a little too soon.

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