London’s Serpentine Gallery has made great use of its location in Kensington Gardens by commissioning a temporary building every summer since 2000. The summer pavilion is used as a cafe during the day, and as a venue for performances in the evening. I was a daytime visitor to the 2015 pavilion for tea and croissants.
This year’s pavilion was designed by the Madrid based architecture studio “selgascano”. The structure is made from steel and a multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer.
The pavilion reminded me of maypole ribbons stretched over music festival tents. It looks best when the colours change in natural light or reflect the main gallery building. I haven’t seen the pavilion at night yet, when electric lighting probably enhances it too.
This was the view from my tea table, looking out at the park.
For an interesting take on the pavilion, click here to read the architecture website ArchDaily.
The pavilion is open to the public from 28 June to 18 October 2015. Click here for details of events in the pavilion.