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Frida Escobedo’s Serpentine Pavilion sold to tech spa firm

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Technology firm and spa operator Therme Group has bought Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s 2018 Serpentine Pavilion for an undisclosed sum

The company, which has offices in London and around the world, purchased the 38-year-old’s temporary installation, which is nearing the end of its installation in Kensington Gardens.

The structure will now be displayed in ‘selected locations’ as part of the Therme Art Program, which was set up to fulfil artistic and architectural ’visions that cannot be realised in galleries or museum spaces: no matter how complex their production, installation and long-term maintenance may be’. 

Serpentine Galleries chief executive Yana Peel and artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist said in a joint statement that they were ‘delighted’ by the purchase.

‘Frida Escobedo’s design for the Serpentine Pavilion is a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry,’ they added. ‘Her atmospheric courtyard-based structure draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.’

Therme vice-president Mikolaj Sekutowicz said the Therme Art Program was launched last October ‘to support exactly these kinds of initiatives that are crossing the usual boundaries between art, design, architecture and city planning, and will lead us to new solutions for public space design and development’.

Escobedo is the youngest architect ever commissioned to design a Serpentine Pavilion. The annual commission has previously gone to leading names including Bjarke Ingels Group, Herzog & de Meuron, Oscar Niemeyer, Zaha Hadid, and Smiljan Radic.

The AJ reported earlier this year that Escobedo’s pavilion was ‘more low-key yet more sensual than in recent years’.

Therme Group develops, plans, builds and operates its own facilities around the world. It describes itself as an integrator of wellness and entertainment concepts focused on revolutionising the health and wellbeing industry.

The Serpentine Pavilion will close this weekend (7 October).

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Project data 

Start on site 19 April 2018
Completion 10 June 2018
Gross internal floor area 233.3m² (including pool) 541m² (including external area)
Construction cost Undisclosed
Client Serpentine Galleries
Architect Frida Escobedo
Technical consultant David Glover
Technical advisor AECOM
Town planning consultant DP9 
Construction Stage One Creative Services

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Source: Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura

Conceptual drawing

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