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.
- 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.