The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 / Frida Escobedo

In summer, an activity that each and every Architect living in London must do - is visit the temporary summer pavilion in Hyde Park. With the sun beaming in all its glory early this summer, this year's pavilion has provided us a clever and intriguing contained structure that is a perfect shading space, by using a traditional Mexico 'breeze wall' to bring in a cool breeze in this heat. 

This year, the selected architect is a Mexican-born architect Frida Escobedo. At 39, she is the youngest architect ever to be granted the commission, and only the second female architect to display their work for the London Serpentine. (First one being Zaha Hadid) 


Unlike previous years where the pavilion is openly exposed, Frida’s pavilion decides to surround itself with a wall. As you walk up closer to the secretive structure, you notice the thin cement tiles that are threaded together with steel poles, creating a seemingly light, woven, perforated screen. Given this chance to peek at what’s on the other side of the semi-revealing screen, you enter.

This enclosed courtyard space cleverly amalgamates characteristics of the Mexican ‘celosia’ walls (permeable, breeze walls) with standard British roof tiles. In the center is a shallow layer of pond together with the curving mirrored roof, reflecting and distorting the space and light.

Serpentine Pavilion Architect's Statement

The design for the Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is a meeting of material and historical inspirations inseparable from the city of London itself and an idea which has been central to our practice from the beginning: the expression of time in architecture through inventive use of everyday materials and simple forms. For the Serpentine Pavilion, we have added the materials of light and shadow, reflection and refraction, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the passage of the day.

The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is open every day from 10am to 6pm.

The Serpentine Pavilion 2016 / Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

This year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by the Danish architect firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), featuring a tall pointed structure made of interlocking fibreglass bricks. A series of box-like fibreglass frames stacked on top of each other in a pattern based on a common brick wall.

"We have attempted to design a structure that embodies multiple aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that is free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, both transparent and opaque, both solid box and blob," said Ingels.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016 will stay open throughout the summer until 9 October 2016. 

Bring you packed lunch, a bottle of wine, hang out there on the sunny days --- Good summer plan, isn't it?