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Serpentine Pavilion goes to SANAA

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This summer’s Serpentine Pavilion in London is to be designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of Japanese practice SANAA

The temporary building, which will sit outside the Kensington Gardens gallery from July to October, will be SANAA’s first structure built in England. Sejima and Nishizawa (pictured below) founded the Tokyo-based practice in 1997. Sejima trained under Toyo Ito, who designed the Serpentine Pavilion in 2002.

The pair, whose New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York opened last year, will work alongside structural engineering firm SAPS and an Arup team led by David Glover and Ed Clark with Cecil Balmond.

The SANAA pavilion, sponsored by NetJets, will be the ninth built as part of the annual programme, which gives international stars the chance to make their UK debut.

Previous pavilions have been designed by Frank Gehry (2008), Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura with Balmond (2005), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), Daniel Libeskind (2001) and Zaha Hadid (2000).

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