Serpentine Summer Pavilion

The new summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery has been unveiled ahead of its grand opening later this month.

From July 12th to October 18th, the temporary outdoor exhibition space – designed by Japanese architects Ryue Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima through their Sanaa agency – will be open to the public in London’s Kensington Gardens.

Featuring a polished aluminium roof, the summer pavilion was designed to appear as if it is floating through the clouds.

‘The pavilion is designed to amplify the way things look,’ The Guardian quoted Nishizawa as saying.

Inspired by the natural beauty of rainbows, water and leaves, the ninth in the series of Serpentine Gallery summer creations will host a number of events before it is taken down and sold.

The Sanaa pavilion is the Japanese design team’s first UK project. Previously they have been responsible for creating the striking exterior to the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.

Other architects to have designed temporary summer pavilions for the Serpentine Gallery include Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas, among others.

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