Giant doughnut-style structure unveiled for Serpentine Gallery summer season


London’s Serpentine Gallery has unveiled a sculptured structure by Chilean architect Smilijan Radic resembling a giant doughnut.

The temporary structure is the latest of its annual pavilions and has been created to house events throughout the summer.

Radic’s ring-like structure balances on a series of huge boulders, is open on one side and has a viewing area.


It is the latest on a series by the park’s main gallery which has hosted a new extension every year since 2000, with a different designer given the task each time.

Ai Weiwei, Oscar Niemeyer and Jean Nouvel are among the other artists and designers who have previously been commissioned to create the temporary space in Kensington Gardens. Radic is the 14th architect to accept the invitation.

His fibreglass pavilion, which will be in place for four months, is designed to be a multi-purpose social space for the public and on Friday nights it will be the venue for events featuring art, poetry, music, film, literature and work by emerging artists.

Most of Radic’s previous structures have been in Chile and have been for a range of buildings, both public and domestic.  He has also created works in Japan and Austria.

The  Serpentine pavilion opens to the public tomorrow (Thursday) and will be in place until 19 October.

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