SelgasCano’s “playful and unpretentious” Serpentine Pavilion opens this week


A “psychedelic labyrinth” is now this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens has been described by critics.

The multi-coloured plastic chrysalis style structure is the work of Madrid-based architcets Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, who formed the SelgasCano studio in 1998.

It opens to the public tomorrow (Thursday) and closes in October.


The New York Times called the design “the most playful and unpretentious” in the 15-year history of the pavilions and added it was “a jolt of vitamin D against inconstant British skies”.

“It is as much a reminder of the experimental role that architects play in shaping our environment as it is yet more proof of art’s fun-loving side”.

The Daily Telegraph said it had discovered a “secret corridor” between the “day-glo chrysalis” while The Guardian added it was a “psychedelic labyrinth” which “exudes joy, mischief and a welcome dose of Spanish sunshine.”

The newspaper said: “It looks as if an exotic caterpillar might have nibbled on a magic mushroom before spinning its chrysalis.”

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