Frida Escobedo Unveils 2018 Serpentine Pavilion Design

The latticed walls of the installation feature concrete roofting tiles. All images courtesy Iwan Baan.

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has completed work on her design for the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens. Open to the public from June 15 through October 7, 2018, the design comprises a secluded courtyard enveloped by decorative, latticed walls.

Images courtesy Iwan Baan.

The 18th and youngest architect to ever design the annual installation, Escobedo conceived the pavilion to reference traditional Mexican architecture. The latticed walls recall celosia, or breeze walls typical in Mexican design. Undulating, concrete roofing tiles adorn the walls of the pavilion in an alternating pattern beneath a curved, mirrored ceiling. Perpetuating the reflections of the ceiling a shallow, triangular pool of water is installed to also further establish an homage to the courtyards commonplace in Mexican residential architecture. Two overlapping rectangles also characterize the pavilion, with one running parallel to the nearby Serpentine Gallery while the other is situated parallel to the Prime Meridian.

Images courtesy Iwan Baan.

“The pivoted axis refers to the prime meridian established in 1851 at the Royal Observatory in nearby Greenwich, the global standard marker of time and geographical distance,” Escobedo said. “The intersecting planes produced by this simple rotation produce a series of irregular shapes and defined boundaries, with each area within the pavilion encouraging play, circulation, contemplation and conversation.”