One of my summer must-dos every year is to pay a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion. To the uninitiated, the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect or architecture firm to design a temporary pavilion for their grounds. This year, Japanese architect Junya Ishigami is the 19th architect to create the structure. He follows in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Oscar Niemeyer, Sou Fujimoto, Smiljan Radić, Selgascano, and, last year’s choice, Frida Escobedo.
Ishigami has been inspired by roofs – a universal feature of most buildings. His creation is a single sweeping canopy roof made of Cumbrian slate. The south side of the pavilion blends into the hill, making the structure feel part of the surrounding landscape. Supported by steel columns, underneath the roof features a café, so visitors can enjoy a drink or snack while looking at the space.
- The Serpentine Pavilion is open until 6 October 2019. Free to visit, but also contains a pop-up café inside. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website.