The facility hosts Park Nights, a packed programme of summer events and public meetings that starts in July and ends in October with the Serpentine Gallery Marathon, coming up for the sixth time this year.
Following up to a long tradition of pavilions designed by great architects the world over, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has become an important international opportunity to experiment with architecture.
A special commission appointed by curator Julia Peyton-Jones awards the pavilion design to a prominent international architect who has never built anything in Great Britain; the only limitation is that the project must be completed within 6 months.
The architect appointed in 2011 was Peter Zumthor, while previous appointments have gone to Jean Nouvel (2010), Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA (2009), Frank Gehry (2008), Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen (2007), Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond with Arup (2006), Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond – Arup (2005), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), Toyo Ito with Arup (2002), Daniel Libeskind with Arup (2001) and Zaha Hadid (2000). The only pavilion that was not built is the one designed in 2004 by MVRDV with Arup.
by Agnese Bifulco
Location: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, UK