Outside the Serpentine Gallery
Royal Park of Kensington Gardens

United Kingdom

coordinates: 51.5046806,-0.1750088
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Building names(s): Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Architect/Designer: Herzog & de Meuron
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Completion date: 1 June - 14 October 2012

credentials/awards: Sepentine Gallery Pavilion

getting there: Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate opening hours: Gallery open 10am to 6pm daily. gallery website: www.serpentinegallery.org design concept: This year's Pavilion will take visitors beneath the Serpentine's lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Eleven columns characterising each past Pavilion and a twelfth column representing the current structure will support a floating platform roof 1.4 metres above ground. The Pavilion's interior will be clad in cork, a sustainable building material chosen for its unique qualities and to echo the excavated earth. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that will inspire visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of the earlier structures. click here for a list of previous Serpentine Gallery Pavilions.