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Fun and Games: 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion revealed

25 March 2015

The Serpentine Gallery has released images of its 15th annual Pavilion, to be designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano. The temporary structure will be an ‘amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure’, and like much of their previous work (including their own studio space in the Madrid woodland) it will explore how buildings and their interiors can interact with the natural environment in original ways.

For the pavilion, this will be done by creating varying degrees of transparency in the structure’s walls, whilst making no concessions to the man-made and synthetic quality of the build. It will be maze-like, using multiple openings and a secret corridor (which presumably won’t stay secret very long) to give visitors differing experiences as they walk through the layers of colourful webbing and plastic membranes.

Established in 2000, the summer Pavilion has previously been designed by Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. Last year saw Chilean architect Smiljan Radić suspend a fragile shell on large quarry stones, giving the impression of a floating cloud.

The Serpentine Pavilion will open on 25 June.

Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano, 2015 (night view). © Steven Kevin Howson/SelgasCano

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‘Shells, rocks and follies: The Serpentine 2014 Pavilion responds well to its location’ (Zofia Trafas)

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