Frida Escobedo to Design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion in London

Frida Escobedo. Image courtesy Cuauhtemoc García.

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been chosen to design this year’s Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. The youngest architect ever selected in the commission’s 18-year history, 38-year-old Escobedo submitted a design proposal inspired by the meridian line at the Royal Observatory in the London borough of Greenwich. The installation will arrive June 15, and be open to the public through October 7, 2018.

Drawing inspiration from material palettes typical of Mexican architecture, the design is anchored by a courtyard enclosed by dark latticed walls crafted from cement tiles to create a breezeblock-like effect. The pavilion will comprise two rectilinear blocks angled in reference to the Prime Meridian.

Image courtesy Atmósfera.

“My design for the Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is a meeting of material and historical inspirations inseparable from the city of London itself and an idea which has been central to our practice from the beginning: the expression of time in architecture through inventive use of everyday materials and simple forms,” Escobedo said. “For the Serpentine Pavilion, we have added the materials of light and shadow, reflection, and refraction, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the passage of the day.”

Image courtesy Atmósfera.

The jury overseeing the selection of this year’s design included Serpentine Galleries artist director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel. Architects David Adjaye and Richard Rogers served as advisors.