Another highlight of London in the summer, in addition to the city’s outdoor cinemas and outdoor swimming pools, is the installation of a temporary pavilion outside the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park for the summer season.
The rules behind the pavilion are simple. The pavilion is a temporary structure. It must be the work of an architect or design team that has not had a building completed in England before. There is a maximum period of six months from invitation to completion.
Last year’s pavilion, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, was a cork clad structure beneath the lawn of Hyde Park. This year, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has been invited to design the pavilion. Sou Fujimoto has constructed a grid-like lattice structure of poles and glass surfaces. Visitors are encouraged to enter and interact with the structure in different ways during its residence at Hyde Park.
Full details and more pictures are on the Serpentine Gallery website. It is certainly worth making repeated visits to the Serpentine Gallery whilst the structure is in situ. We’re particularly looking forward to seeing the structure at sunset.