The postponed Serpentine Pavilion by Counterspace has been unveiled in Kensington Gardens.
The latest Serpentine Pavilion has been a long time coming. Originally chosen last year, the structure by South African practice Counterspace was postponed due to COVID-19. Unveiled in June, the 2021 pavilion, directed by Sumayya Vally, is the 20th design to be erected in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Vally, the founder of Counterspace, is the youngest architect to be commissioned to design the pavilion.
Counterspace’s design follows in the footsteps of previous Pavilion architects Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Oscar Niemeyer, Sou Fujimoto, Smiljan Radić, Selgascano, Frida Escobedo and 2019’s Junya Ishigami.
The 2021 pavilion is a structure of reclaimed steel, cork and timber, covered in micro-cement. Vally took inspiration from community and meeting spaces across London’s multi-cultural communities. Meanwhile, fragments of the pavilion have been placed in four destinations which inspired the structure; in Finsbury Park, Notting Hill, Deptford and Barking respectively.
- The Serpentine Pavilion is open until 17 October 2021. Free to visit, but you may need to wait to enter. Serpentine Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Nearest stations: Lancaster Gate, Knightsbridge or South Kensington. For more information, visit the Serpentine Gallery website.
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