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Niemeyer's Serpentine pavilion to open doors

Oscar Niemeyer's summer pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park - which opens today (19 June) - is a whitewashed and ramped confection of concrete and girders. The 95-year-old Brazilian architect said he wanted to give a flavour of everything that characterised his work with a design that 'floats above the ground' (AJ 22.5.03). He is the latest big name to be commissioned by Serpentine director Julia Peyton-Jones, following in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Toyo Ito. The pavilion will stand on the Serpentine's lawn until late September and will host film screenings, architectural talks and literature readings.

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