The Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens has invited Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design the 14th annual temporary summer pavilion on the building’s lawn. Designed to resemble a shell, the cylindrical fiberglass structure appears to float above the landscape as it rests on large quarry stones. Its interior is organized around an empty patio and features a café. At night, amber light will illuminate the semi-translucent volume, which appears to float above the landscape.
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“The Serpentine 2014 Pavilion is part of the history of small romantic constructions seen in parks or large gardens, the so-called follies, which were hugely popular from the end of the 16th century to the start of the 19th,” Radic said in a statement.
The pavilion, open from June 26 to October 19, will act as a flexible, multipurpose space for visitors, art commissions, and special events.