Since 1999 the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London, England has invited an architect to create their first built structure in England, a pavilion that is exists in front of the Serpentine Gallery for 3 months of the English summer.
The immediacy of the process - a maximum of six months from invitation to completion - provides a unique model for commissioning architecture. The selection of the architects, chosen for consistently extending the boundaries of architecture practice, is guided by the Serpentine's commitment to offer innovative ways for all ages to engage with modern & contemporary art, architecture & design.
The project brief is to design a 300 square metre pavilion that is used as a cafe by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night. There is no budget for the project: it is realised through sponsorship, support and the sale of the pavilion.
Design your own Serpentine Pavilion. The Serpentine Gallery promotes pavilion design education as part of their 'build your own pavilion' initiative.
The Serpentine Gallery promotes pavilion design education as part of their 'build your own pavilion' initiative. These photos are of pavilion design physical models by children ages 8-16.
The Serpentine Gallery has introduction & teacher resources for students to design their own Serpentine Pavilion.