Serpentine summer houses: Explore four very different structures in Kensington Gardens

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One of four Summer Houses designed as part of this year’s summer exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. This curved, wooden creation is designed by architects Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger

Every year, a temporary structure is erected in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery. However, this year, the Serpentine Pavilion – designed by Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is accompanied by four smaller structures nearby in Kensington Gardens. The four Summer Houses are 25sqm each and are inspired by Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734-5.

Approaching the summer houses from the Gallery direction, the first one you come to is a curved, wooden creation by American/German architects Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger. Next, is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple created by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi. Hungarian-born French architect Yona Friedman has erected a modular structure which can be reassembled in different shapes. Finally, Asif Khan’s white circular form which is designed to both enclose and give views of the Long Water.

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  • The Serpentine Pavilion and Summer Houses are open from now until 9 October 2016. Kensington Gardens, Kensington, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. Open daily within park hours. Free entry. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website.

For a guide to what else is on in London in September, click here.

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Posted on 11 Aug 2016, in Architecture, art, London and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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