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In pictures: Zumthor's 2011 Serpentine pavilion

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[First look] These are the first images showing Peter Zumthor’s completed design for this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London

The building is Zumthor’s first completed project in the UK and was unveiled this morning (27 June) ahead of its official opening later this week.

The scheme is the 11th Serpentine Pavilion to be built. The annual commission invites international architects to build in the capital who have yet to complete a structure in the UK.

Designed around a ‘hortus conclusus,’ concept, the scheme creates a contemplative room featuring a ‘garden within a garden’ according to Zumthor. Piet Oudolf arranged the garden.

The building was constructed from a lightweight timber frame wrapped with scrim and coated with a black Idenden over scrim.

Julia Peyton-Jones, director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director, Serpentine Gallery, said: ‘It is an honour and a great joy to be working with Peter Zumthor on the 11th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

‘The commission allows us to connect with the best architects in the world and each year is an exciting and completely new experience. Zumthor’s plans [creates] an exquisite space for the public to enjoy throughout the summer.’

Read the recent interview with Peter Zumthor here

Find about more about the pavilion design and the project architect’s viewpoint here

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