London’s Serpentine gallery just unveiled five structures that will adorn the gallery’s surrounding green space later this year. Bjarke Ingels ‘unzipped wall’ style pavilion will be surrounded by four individual Summer Houses inspired by William Kent’s 1735 Queen Caroline’s Temple. The innovative architectural line up includes Kunlé Adeyemi, Yona Friedman, Barkow Leibinger, and Asif Kahn. All five designers have so far not completed a permanent structure in England. These images will no doubt tempt you to catch one of the world’s most visited temporary architectural installations this summer.
Bjarke Ingels’ design stacks fibreglass bricks high, creating a curved wall that splits to invite visitors inside. “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. A cafe within will see family activities by day and musicians and artists perform by night.
Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple recomposed into a new sculptural object with classical proportions that interacts with existing trees to provide shaded seating. Inhabitat previously featured his solar-powered floating school design for flood prone Nigeria.
Inspired by another, now destroyed, 18th Century William Kent pavilion which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park, Barkow Leibinger designed a freestyle curved wooden building that is generated from loops. The German practice formerly created a pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin and a timber clad research campus in Bavaria.
Yona Friedman’s Summer dwelling takes the form of a modular structure that can be assembled and disassembled in different formations, building upon the architect’s pioneering project La Ville Spatiale begun in the late 1950s. This was an elevated city space where people could live and work in housing of their own design.
Asif Khan’s design reflects on the observation that Queen Caroline’s Temple was positioned perfectly to catch the sunlight glancing off the Serpentine lake. You may remember his megaface pinscreen at the Sochi Olympics.
The Pavilions will be open to the public to explore for free from June 10 to October 9, 2016.