BIG, the mountain, Copenhagen. image by Iwan Baan.

Four summer houses to join the Pavilion


February 2016

The Serpentine announced today that, in tandem with the 16th Pavilion, it expands its internationally acclaimed programme of exhibiting architecture in a built form by commissioning four architects to each design a 25sqm Summer House. The four Summer Houses are inspired by the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical style summer house, built in 1734 and a stone’s throw from the Serpentine Gallery. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Pavilion architect, each architect chosen by the Serpentine has yet to build a permanent building in England.

The Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (Copenhagen/New York); the four Summer Houses will be designed by Kunlé Adeyemi – NLÉ (Amsterdam/Lagos); Barkow Leibinger (Berlin/New York); Yona Friedman (Paris); and Asif Khan (London).

Makoko floating school, NLE Architects
Fellows Pavilion - American Academy in Berlin by Barkow Leibinger
Guggenheim Helsinki by Asif Khan
Vigne Museum by Yona Friedman for Livio Felluga
Queen Caroline's temple in Kensington Gardens