Serpentine Gallery Pavilions by Philip Jodidio
Since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens has called on some of the world’s top architects to design summer pavilions – temporary structures that are erected next to the Gallery itself for a three-month period.
The pavilions are the work of international architects or design teams who at the time of the Serpentine’s invitation have not completed a building in England. A maximum of six months from invitation to completion is allotted. The only architecture program of its type in the world, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions attract up to 250,000 visitors each summer. The architect Richard Rogers has stated,
The pavilions, erected for reatively little money, are unbelievably good. I coudn’t single one out that I have liked more than the others – they have all been masterpieces.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilions ($44) covers the projects completed or envisaged, including the work of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito, Oscar Niemeyer, MVRDV, Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond, Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, among many others.
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