In 2000, the Serpentine Gallery in London initiated an annual commission for a temporary structure by an architect or design team who has not completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery’s invitation. Over the past eleven years, the Serpentine summer pavilion has become an internationally-known site for experimentation by some of the world’s foremost artists and architects. Above, the 2001 pavilion by Daniel Libeskind; below, the 2009 pavilion by Rem Koolhaas with Cecil Balmond from Arup.



We’re working on an updated post which will include images of Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron’s 2012 pavilion design as well as the past eleven pavilions all in one place. Check back next Tuesday, May 15th, to see it!

See the complete round-up of current and past pavilions as presented by Architizer
Serpentine Gallery website
Daniel Libeskind’s website
OMA/Rem Koolhaas’ website
Cecil Balmond’s website

images, from top to bottom: Serpentine summer pavilions by Daniel Libeskind (photo by Hélène Binet) and Rem Koolhaas with Cecil Balmond from Arup (photo by John Offenbach)