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Niemeyer's Serpentine pavilion to open doors

Oscar Niemeyer's summer pavilion for London's Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park - which opens today (19 June) - is a whitewashed and ramped confection of concrete and girders. The 95-year-old Brazilian architect said he wanted to give a flavour of everything that characterised his work with a design that 'floats above the ground' (AJ 22.5.03). He is the latest big name to be commissioned by Serpentine director Julia Peyton-Jones, following in the footsteps of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind ...

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