london: serpentine pavilion 2016

© serpentine galleries / photography: iwan baan

not surprisingly, this year's summer pavilion of serpentine galleries adds up to the preceding range of wonderful structures that have graced the lush greens of london's kensington gardens. danish architecture practice bjarke ingels group was invited to create the structure, and we dare say it has challenged itself by the aim to combine aspects that are often perceived as opposites: a structure that's free-form yet rigorous, modular yet sculptural, and both transparent and opaque. the company's acclaimed chief architect bjarke ingels decided to work with bricks, one of the most basic elements of architecture, but instead of using bricks of stone or clay, he used pultruded fibreglass frames that were first stacked on top of each other, and then pulled apart to intentionally create space in between them.

at the very top the wall appears as a straight vertical line, while at the bottom it has folded open, creating not only an undilating silhouette but also sheltering an evocative meeting place. all through summer, the pavilion will host an elaborate program of art events [open through oct 9]. but that's not all, folks. in tandem with the pavilion and its activities, four newly commissioned summer houses will be exhibited by architecture practices kunlé adeyemi – nlé [amsterdam / lagos], barkow leibinger [berlin / new york], yona friedman [paris] and asif khan [london]location: serpentine galleries, west carriage drive, kensington gardens [kensington].

© serpentine galleries / photography: iwan baan