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Homeless huts

At the end of their time in Hyde Park, the Serpentine pavilions aren’t homeless for long.

This year’s wood-clad spinning-top of a pavilion, designed by Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson with Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen has already been snapped up by a private collector. As usual, the buyer is anonymous – to everyone but the Serpentine Gallery itself. The organisation has kept tabs on all its temporary pavilions and intends to hold a ‘retrospective’ exhibition somewhere in Germany next year. Most are apparently in good nick, although they don’t know the exact condition of Zaha Hadid’s fabric tent from 2000, which was used by the Royal Shakespeare Company. And hopefully they’ll be selectively slapdash and lose track of Rem Koolhaas’ overblown 2006 effort before the exhibition opens…

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