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Each year the Serpentine Gallery commissions a leading architect to create a temporary Summer Pavilion as part of The Serpentine Architecture Programme. For 2016, they’ve expanded the programme. Not only does it feature ‘starchitects’ BIG, the whole installation is now bigger…

With the goal of introducing contemporary architecture to a wider audience, the Serpentine Architecture Programme presents a unique exhibition of international architecture in the built form, rather than through an exhibition of models, drawings and plans. Usually featuring just one pavilion, the gallery has expanded its programme for 2016 and this time it’s multifaceted. This year’s Summer Pavilion has been designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). However, visitors will also see the addition of four newly commissioned Summer Houses;


these are by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLE (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Paris), and Asif Khan (London). The Summer Houses are inspired by Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house built in 1734 by William Kent, in Kensington Gardens, just a stone’s throw from the gallery. Though perhaps not immediately discernible – all five commissions are structurally and aesthetically disparate - there does seem to be a common thread linking

the Pavilion to each of the accompanying summer houses. The essence of each structure is based upon some idea of metamorphosis, through either illusion or allusion. In all five designs, things are purposefully not quite what they initially seem, channelling the sort of impish trickery reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this, we see the Pavilion and Summer Houses as a mischievous band of architectural ‘Pucks’ that will undoubtedly bring curiosity and delight to this summer’s wanderers.

Domus Life Summer 2016  

The Summer issue is dedicated to the bold and brave. Those who have changed and those changing the shape of architecture, design and fashion...

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