15th Serpentine Pavilion now open

Sitting splayed and settled among the trees, this year’s four-limbed Serpentine Pavilion is a cheerful Spanish addition to the plain green lawn of the gallery. Husband and wife team José Selgas and Lucia Cano (above), created the Madrid-based architect firm selgascano studio 17 years ago. Now they join a list of celebrated architects including Oscar Niemeyer, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry who designed previous pavilions. The design is partly inspired by the underground. Selgas says: “There are different entrances. We want people to decided how they enter and how they move around. It’s very free in that way”. The four entrances, all different but all a happy hue, lead into a bright open area with Fortnum & Mason coffee, which may make you smile even more. Sip away and enjoy being enveloped by the architects 2translucent skin of the pavilion’s curvaceous roof. Like escaping into a glamorous goblin tunnel this is one of the Pavilions which will stay in everyone’s memory, fitting for the 15th year of the pavilion-fest. Here is more of selgascano’s work … selgascano

On Friday’s from July to September there will be a series of Serpentine’s Park Nights, live events with art, poetry, film, music, literature and theory. Tickets cost £5.

Also, budding architects aged 8 – 14 have a chance to shine with the launch of the Serpentine’s Build Your own Pavilion: Young Architects Competition. Click here to find out more … build-your-own-pavilion

It is from now – 18th October serpentinegalleries



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