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MVRDV Serpentine plans delayed but not ditched

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The Serpentine Gallery will press on with ambitious plans to build a 23m-high 'mountain' over its pavilion in Kensington Gardens, despite announcing the scheme has been delayed indefinitely.

Gallery director Julia PeytonJones admitted the radical scheme by Dutch architect MVRDV 'required further development' and that she had learned a 'sobering lesson' about committing to timescales, but maintained that the project would still go ahead.

'We will continue to work on the development of MVRDV's visionary scheme with the benefit of more time, ' she said.

Due to open in the spring, the 200-tonne, grass-coated structure was to become the Serpentine's fifth temporary pavilion.

Instead, gallery chiefs have now asked Pritzker Prize winner lvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura to design the 2005 summer pavilion.

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