BIG to design 2016 Serpentine Pavilion


Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has been selected to design this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.

The founder of Copenhagen and New York-based BIG will create the 16th edition of the pavilion, which is constructed every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

And for the first time, it will also be accompanied by four outhouses, created by Nigerian Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger; Paris-based Yona Friedman and the UK’s Asif Khan.


“After 15 years, the pavilion programme has expanded,” explained Serpentine Gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

“It now comprises five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 and 93.”

The outbuildings, which marks Peyton-Jones’ final year at the Serpentine Gallery, are intended to pay tribute to a nearby 18th century summerhouse.

“The pavilion, which will be situated on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, as usual, will be joined by four 25-square-metre summerhouses designed in response to Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734,” said the directors.

All projects have been thrilling to commission and will be equally exciting to realise. We cannot wait to unveil them all this summer,” they added.

The Serpentine commissions a different architect to create the pavilion each year, offering them the chance to create their first built structure in England.

Previous designers have included Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron and Sou Fujimoto. Last year’s pavilion was a colourful chrysalis of translucent plastic created by Spanish duo SelgasCano.

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