An intricate interplay of light, water and geometry by celebrated Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, is set to transform the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens starting June 15.
Commissioned for the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, the design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexican and British history and materials, in particular, the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
Comprised of two rectangular volumes that are positioned at an angle, the pavilion will take the form of an enclosed courtyard. The outer walls will be aligned with the gallery’s eastern façade and the axis of the internal courtyard will align directly to the north. Escobedo’s use of a pivoted axis refers to the Prime Meridian, which was initially established in 1851 in Greenwich and went on to become the global standard marker of geographical distance and time.
Since 2000, the commission has erected the first UK structures of some the biggest names in international architecture. This year marks another first, as Escobedo is the 18th and youngest architect to accept the invitation to design the temporary pavilion.
Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO, Yana Peel, said: “We are delighted to reveal the designs for Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion – a living timepiece in the park, powered by light and the Prime Meridian line. In its beautiful harmony of Mexican and British influences, it promises to be a place of deep reflection and dynamic encounter. We hope visitors of all ages will create their own experiences in the Pavilion this summer as we continue in our aim of bringing the urgency of art and architecture to the widest audiences.”
The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is on view in Kensington Gardens through October 7.