The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo was unveiled at the Serpentine Galleries in London’s Kensington Gardens this week.
Escobedo’s project is part of a tradition where the Serpentine Gallery hands over its pavilion to a different architect each year, something that been in existence since 2000, when Zaha Hadid established the first temporary structure. The pavilions have since become known as a platform for up-and-coming architects across the world, as the designers are truly allowed free reign when it comes to their ideas.
This year’s architect, Frida Escobedo hails from Mexico and has called on common Mexican elements for inspiration in this design. Escobedo is only the second solo female architect as well as the youngest ever architect to design a pavilion. Her pavilion design takes the form of an internal courtyard, a common design feature in Mexican architecture, enclosed by dark latticed walls, another accent commonly seen in Mexican architecture that allows a breeze to flow through buildings. Another interesting aspect is that the pavilion is inspired by a sundial of sorts. There’s a pivoted axis filled with cleverly-positioned mirrors and a reflective pool, meaning the pavilion will emphasize the changing of the light throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. There’s also the added feature of a paddling pool – perfect for those steamy summer afternoons in the city.
2018’s Serpentine Pavilion officially opens on 15 June where visitors will be able to take in the architectural wonder in all its glory. The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frieda Escobeda is open daily 10am – 6pm, so if you’re visiting London, be sure you don’t miss out.
Photography courtesy of Iwan Baan via The Serpentine Gallery.