Chilean architect to design pavilion

The Serpentine Gallery in London  has selected Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design this year’s temporary pavilion which will sit alongside the gallery during the summer months.

Often controversial and always a talking point, the summer pavilion — in the middle of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park — is arguably one of the most interesting exhibitions the Serpentine presents.

Smiljan Radic is the 14th architect selected to design the temporary pavilion.

His plans include a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure designed to resemble a shell, resting on quarry stones and occupying a 350 sq m footprint on the gallery’s lawn.

The pavilion, which will feature a café, will act as the venue for the Serpentine’s annual Park Nights series of events.

It will allow visitors inside the pavilion during its four-month tenure and encourage them to interact with the space in different ways.

Radic’s design follows Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like structure at the Serpentine Gallery which received about 2,00,000 visitors last year.

It will open on June 26 and remain in Kensington Gardens until October 19.

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