Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

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.

SGP 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.

SGP long view

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.

SGP colours

SGP colours yellow

SGP reflecting gallery

This was the view from my tea table, looking out at the park.

SGP view from inside

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.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. robertwmonk says:

    Looks great- love the Serpentine

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. Do you mean the gallery or the lake? The parks in central London are precious green spaces, with the Serpentine at their heart. I guess the gallery is a cultural oasis too.


  2. Love the last-but-one with the wonky reflection 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I was pleased with that one. It’s like the old building is disappearing in a deflating balloon.

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  3. Interesting… sorry I missed it and was a fabulous idea. 😉 Great to see the pics!!


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Come to London in a different year, and you can see a different pavilion. They do a good job of selecting architects with different visions every year.

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      1. If there is a chance, will certainly do that! Sounds like a great idea. 🙂


  4. linnetmoss says:

    Love the view from your table! What a perfect place for a cup of tea.


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      The tea was good too – Earl Grey from Fortnum & Mason.

      Liked by 1 person

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