2018 Serpentine Pavilion

Frida Escobedo becomes the latest architect to take on the project


Photography by Iwan Baan
From June 15, 2018 until October 7, 2018
This year's Serpentine Pavilion opens to the public on the 15 June, in London's Hyde Park. Designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, the structure is based on the form of an enclosed courtyard – comprising two rectangular forms placed on an angle.
The underside of the canopy has been covered in mirrored panels, while a triangular pool is cast into the pavilion's floor.
Walls are formed from latticed cement roof tiles, allowing a breeze to pass through the space in a similar way to a traditional celosia wall, common to Mexican architecture.
After it opens to the public, the space will be used to host the annual Park Nights programme, supported by fashion brand COS. This will see eight international artists each respond to Escobedo's design through their own medium.
"My design for the Serpentine pavilion 2018 is a meeting of material and historical inspirations inseparable from the city of London itself, and an idea which has been central to my practice from the beginning: the expression of time in architecture through the inventive use of everyday materials and simple forms," said Escobedo.
Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is open from 15 June to 7 October.
Photography by Iwan Baan