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Zaha to cover for Serpentine Pavilion's late arrival

Zaha Hadid will be designing a temporary installation for this year's Serpentine Gallery summer party on 11 July, to cover for the late arrival of Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thorsen's pavilion.

Hadid and her right-hand man Patrik Schumacher will be creating an open-air space to provide a focal point for the gallery's major fundraising event of the year.

Eliasson and Thorsen took on the pavilion after it was announced that Frei Otto needed more time to develop his designs for the project ( Otto off Serpentine, Balmond back in ).

However, it now seems that both Eliasson and Thorsen were unable to meet the deadline for this year's summer party, and so Hadid has been called in.

It has come to light that this year's pavilion will not open until some time in August - but a spokesman for the gallery said that this had always been the intention.

Hadid and Schumacher's installation will be 5.5m in height and will consist of three identical fabric parasols. It is understood that each parasol will 'develop sculpturally from a small articulated base to a large cantilevered diamond shape'.

The news follows the unveiling of Hadid's latest creation, the Chanel Pavilion (pictured above), at the Venice Art Biennale.

The Iraqi-born designer was approached to create a pavilion that would suitably 'celebrate the iconic work of Chanel'.

Hadid's Clerkenwell-based practice claims the pavilion is a 'series of continuous arch-shaped elements, with a courtyard in its central space'. The glass ceiling is also said to adjust to control the temperature according to the conditions of each city that the pavilion visits.

by Richard Vaughan

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