Summer isn’t summer until the Serpentine Pavilion has been unveiled. Every year, since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect to design and construct a temporary pavilion in its front garden. This week saw the unveiling of the Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Frida Escobedo leads an architecture studio in her native Mexico, she has come up with what looks like from the outside a simple black rectangle but, when you (and your camera) look closely, it is a feast of changing light and reflection.
The walls are not solid, they are made with up turned roof tiles in imitation of a celosia a traditional Mexican breeze wall. Dappled light seeps in whilst views of vivid green leaves, blue sky and the white lantern that tops the Serpentine Gallery contrast with the black.
Inside the outer rectangle, which is square with the main gallery, is an inner courtyard aligned on the North – South axis in reference to the Greenwich Meridian. One corner is filled with thin layer of water reflecting the sky above.
We were allowed up onto the roof to take this one, when I turned to go back in I couldn’t resist capturing the magnificent roof lantern up close.
A concave mirrored roof covers the inner courtyard creating yet more reflections and the perfect Serpentine selfie opportunity.
What could be nicer on a summer’s day than to stroll through the park and stop for coffee in a stunning pavilion? I’m sure that the Serpentine Gallery had higher artistic aims when they decided to invite a different architect each year to construct a temporary pavilion but I find that they have all been fine places to sit down with a book and a cup of coffee.
During the course of the summer the Serpentine Gallery is putting on a series of events both at lunchtime and in the evening, check out the Serpentine Gallery website for details of concerts and picnic talks.
If you are curious to see what last year’s pavilion looked like, take a peek at my post about the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.
For ideas about what else to see in London this summer check out my guide to the Best London Exhibitions Summer 2018.