Serpentine Pavilion 2016
Architecture | 22 Jun 2016
FOUR SUMMER HOUSES IN THE 16TH PAVILION
In tandem with the 16th Pavilion, the Serpentine Galleries expanded its acclaimed program and invited four architects to design a 25sqm Summer House in London. The four houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style Summer House, built in 1734.
Designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Serpentine Pavilion 2016 is a kind of unzipped wall built from multiple fiberglass blocks, stacked on top of each other. The decompression wall makes it a three-dimensional space that can be used in several ways, both outside and inside. The structure creates a kind of lit cave through the fiberglass blocks and the movement of people creates an interesting play of light and shade. During the day, the Serpentine Pavilion houses a cafe and allows free family activities and by night receives an extensive program of performances by artists, musicians and writers.
Text: Isadora Faustino
Photos: Iwan Baan