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Serpentine winter pavilion on ice

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The Serpentine Gallery has admitted that its annual pavilion, which was to have been open for the winter this year, has now been postponed until summer 2005.

The gallery's bosses have confirmed that the project - to be designed by Dutch-based practice MVRDV (AJ 29.4.04) - no longer aims to 'experiment' with the idea of a 'winter pavilion'.

'We approached MVRDV at the beginning of this year and we are excited by the idea of what they have proposed, but it was simply decided that this was not the year to do it, ' said gallery director, Julia Peyton-Jones.

She also refuted rumours that the proposals were delayed by hold-ups and cash-flow problems.

'When we first talked to MVRDV, we were thinking of a pavilion for the summer of this year, ' she added. 'But the only reason that we are not doing it is because of our exhibition schedule.' In previous years the Serpentine Pavilion has appeared in Hyde Park on an annual basis and has featured work by architects including Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid and Oscar Niemeyer.

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