The Chilean architect Smiljan Radic will design this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, which will open in June. He has outlined his plans for a structure that seems to hover above the lawn in Kensington Gardens:
Externally, the visitor will see a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones. This shell – white, translucent and made of fibreglass – will house an interior organised around an empty patio, from where the natural setting will appear lower, giving the sensation that the entire volume is floating. At night, thanks to the semi-transparency of the shell, the amber tinted light will attract the attention of passers-by, like lamps attracting moths.
Radic is the 14th architect to accept the commission, which has seen a string of innovative designs by major figures from Zaha Hadid to Sou Fujimoto. Which is your favourite?
‘She changed how we encounter sculpture’ – remembering Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023)