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Siza unveils Serpentine sketches

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These are the first sketches of this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, which is being designed by Pritzker Prize-winner lvaro Siza and his longtime collaborator Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The Portuguese pair were brought in dramatically to rescue the project in January, when it became clear that the architect originally chosen, MVRDV, would be unable to complete its pavilion in time for the June opening (AJ 27.1.05). The Dutch architect has now been given an extra year to develop its ambitious plans for a 23-m high mountain.

Meanwhile, Siza and Souto de Moura, with the help of structural engineer Arup, now have the chance to build their first scheme in the UK.

The duo will follow in the footsteps of Oscar Niemeyer, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind and Zaha Hadid, who have all designed the temporary structure in Kensington Gardens.

A planning application for the new Serpentine Pavilion was submitted on 8 March.

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