The annual opening of the Serpentine Pavilion is a real sign that we are properly into the London summer, even if the weather is not always as warm as we’d like.
Each year a new architect is chosen to bring their vision of a temporary pavilion to the site next to the original Serpentine Gallery. This competition has been going since 2000 when the first winner was Zaha Hadid and it has grown into a showcase for emerging talent from around the world.
This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is designed by Junya Ishigami, a Japanese architect who is known for his experimental structures which reflect natural phenomena. The result is a wonderful wing shape roof of Cumbrian slate which produces an open covered space. The brilliance of the design and the construction gives us a structure which seems light and fluid in its shape. The 61 tons of slate that make up the single canopy roof give it a strong organic feel but the way it is supported and shaped make it appear light and somehow growing out of the surrounding grass.