BIG Bjarke Ingels Group designs the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Peter Zumthor, Yona Friedman, Ai Weiwei, Sou Fujimoto,

Iwan Baan,

Amsterdam, London, Paris,

Pavilions, Bar, Gallery,

Serpentine Pavilion,

On February 10 the Serpentine Gallery announced that the 16th Serpentine Pavilion would be designed by BIG, Bjarke Ingels Group. This year’s Pavilion will be accompanied by four "Summer Houses" designed by four more architects.

BIG Bjarke Ingels Group designs the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion

BIG, the architectural practice founded in 2005 by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, will design the sixteenth Serpentine Pavilion. The temporary structure is traditionally built in Kensington Gardens on the grass in front of the Serpentine Gallery to host summer initiatives featured in the London gallery’s annual calendar of events.

15 studios have designed the temporary structure in the past; the project has risen in popularity since the first pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2000, and is now one of the world’s most visited architectural sites. BIG’s many illustrious predecessors include, most recently: Selgas Cano Architecture (2015), Smiljan Radic (2014), Sou Fujimoto (2013), Herzog & de Meuron e Ai Weiwei (2012), and Peter Zumthor (2011).

The 2016 programme features a new initiative: in addition to the pavilion, four more architects Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos), Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York), Yona Friedman (Parigi) and Asif Khan (London) have been asked to design four summer houses each measuring 25 metres square, inspired by Queen Caroline’s Temple, built in 1734.
The architects who will be designing the four houses have never designed a permanent building in the United Kingdom before, as required under the Serpentine Pavilion selection criteria.  

(Agnese Bifulco)

Images courtesy of Serpentine, images & photo by BIG, Iwan Baan, Dbox, Luca Santiago Mora.


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