Serpentine Reveals Architect for 2016 Pavilion

Instead of selecting one architect for its annual architecture exhibition, Serpentine Gallery announced today that it has chosen five. Architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will design the pavilion, which is constructed outside the gallery, in Kensington Gardens.

In addition to Ingels’s work on the pavilion, architects Yona Friedman, Asif Khan, Barkow Leibinger, and Kunlé Adeyemi have been commissioned to design a series of summer houses inspired by a classical-style summer house built in 1734 called Queen Caroline’s Temple.

Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones said, “After fifteen years, the pavilion program has expanded. It now comprises five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between thirty-six and ninety-three.” She will retire this year.

Yona Friedman is a Hungarian-born French architect whose ideas about addressing urban growth involve megastrucutres. The majority of the ninety-three-year-old Friedman’s work is on paper, consisting of theories about urban planning, publications, and drawings. The London-based architect Asif Khan is known for experimenting with interactive and digital approaches to architecture, exemplified in his MegaFaces pavilion at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Berlin’s Barkow Leibinger firm is known for its research-based approach to architecture and for projects such as the Biosphere in Potsdam. Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi’s works include his famous solar-powered floating schools in Nigeria. The architects have less than six months to construct their designs.

“All projects have been thrilling to commission and will be equally exciting to realize. We cannot wait to unveil them all this summer,” Peyton-Jones said.