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Years of Serpentine Gallery Pavilions

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Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid: Architecture’s best have all tackled the summer design challenge of building a temporary pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery.

Once a quaint spot for an afternoon tea in Kensington Park, London’s Serpentine Gallery has become a nexus of the art and architecture world. The work of luminaries such as Man Ray, Basquiat, Warhol, Kapoor and Koons has graced the gallery, while the temporary summer pavilion, an annual highlight of the architectural world, has given legends from Niemeyer to Koolhaas space to play, their experimental and daring commissions becoming centerpieces that help attract more than 300,000 visitors annually. Chilean architect Smiljan Radic’s winning design for 2014 is only the latest in a series of incredible structures.

2013: Sou Fujimoto Called a “cloud of steel,” Fujimoto’s gorgeous grid, assembled from 28 kilometers of white poles,…
2012: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei A curious retrospective, this subterranean design dug beneath the site’s lawn…
2011: Peter Zumthor Wrapped in stark, black wood, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine scheme presented a frame…
2010: Jean Nouvel The French’s architect’s non-so-subtle contribution to Serpentine featuring striking, cantilevered…
2009: Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA An abstract steel sunshade, which floats like smoke amidst the trees,…
2008: Frank Gehry Inspired by da Vinci’s drawings of wooden catapults as well as seaside huts, Gehry’s vision for the…
2007: Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen Resembling a top or a space-age slide projector, the Scandinavian duo’s…
2006: Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond, with Arup This massive, egg-shaped orb, like a blimp about to achieve flight,…
2005: Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Cecil Balmond – Arup Siza’s scheme, an array of timber joints and…
2003: Oscar Niemeyer Niemeyer’s steel, aluminum and concrete contribution, a low-slung white roof introduced with a…
2002: Toyo Ito and Cecil Balmond, with Arup A mathematical equation rendered in space, this intriguing white cube, and…
2001: Daniel Libeskind with Arup Libeskind’s aluminum origami, entitled 18 Turns, was engaging, a jointed metal…
2000: Zaha Hadid Hadid’s design, the inaugural Pavilion piece, played with materials and meaning, brining an airy…
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