Big news from the Serpentine

the_mountain_in_copenhagen_image_by_iwan_baan_04For the first time the Serpentine Pavilion, which will be on the lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery as usual this summer, will be joined by four Summer Houses designed in response to Queen Caroline’s Temple, the classical-style summer house overlooking the Serpentine which was built in 1734.

Not only that but the fabulous Danish architect Mr Big, Bjarke Ingels, is going to design this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. Mr Big is head of the Danish Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 and now employs around 300 architects, designers, builders and thinkers who come from over 25 countries. BIG designed the sublime Greenland National Gallery for Art (pic top) and The Mountain (pic right) in Copenhagen.

So not only is the Serpentine Pavilion going to be spectacular, but so will the smaller summer houses by Kunlé Adeyemi (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York); Yona Friedman (Paris) and Asif Khan (London).

You have to wait until 10th June when it will be open for us all to enjoy for the summer. and other images here … serpentinegalleries

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