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Serpentine picks five architects for expanded pavilion show

Serpentine pavilion designers

The Serpentine Gallery has supersized its summer pavilion programme and lined up five international talents to design its annual architectural showstopper

The expanded show - the last for long-serving Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones - features a temporary centrepiece 300m² pavilion designed by Danish mavericks BIG together with four ‘pop-up’ summer houses.

These 25m² structures are being drawn up by emerging UK star Asif Khan; veteran Hungarian-born, Paris-based Yona Friedman; Berlin and New York’s Barkow Leibinger; and former OMA architect Kunle Adeyemi from Nigeria. The quartet of standalone schemes will sit ‘one minute’s walk’ from the main gallery building in London’s Kensington Gardens.

None of the architects have yet to build a permanent structure in the UK. AKTII and AECOM are providing all the engineering and technical services.

Peyton-Jones and Serpentine Galleries co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist said: ‘After 15 years, the pavilion programme has expanded. It now comprises five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 [Khan] and 93 {Friedman].

‘The pavilion, which will be situated on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery as usual, will be joined by four 25m² Summer Houses designed in response to Queen Caroline’s Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734 by Charles Bridgeman.

‘All projects have been thrilling to commission and will be equally exciting to realise.’

The designs are expected to be revealed next week with a planning application due to be submitted to Westminster City Council later this month.

Since the programme began in 2000, the main pavilion commission has been awarded to a raft of architectural Titans such as Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Jean Nouvel, Peter Zumthor, Herzog & de Meuron and Frank Gehry.

In 2015 Madrid-based SelgasCano created a multi-coloured tube-like structure made of translucent panels of ETFE (AJ 19.06.15).

2015 Serpentine Pavilion Selgas Cano

2015 Serpentine Pavilion Selgas Cano

Last October Peyton-Jones announced she was stepping down after 25 years in charge of the gallery (see AJ 30.10.15). This year’s bumper architectural programme will mark the finale of an impressive, award-winning career which has seen her deliver a series of headline-grabbing summer pavilions as well as masterminding the creation of a new permanent gallery designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (2013).

Profiles of 2016 Serpentine team

Serpentine Pavilion 2016 

Bjarke Ingels (born 2 October 1974) is a Danish architect. He heads the architectural practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which he founded in 2005 with offices in Copenhagen and New York. The New York office was established in 2010 after working on projects in North America since 2006. BIG is led by Bjarke Ingels (Founding Partner) with 11 additional partners: BIG currently employs around 300 architects, designers, builders and thinkers who come from over 25+ countries representing Scandinavia, North America, Latin America, the Far East and Continental Europe. Since 2009, Ingels has won numerous architectural competitions and awards including AIA National Architecture Honor Award (2015); AIA NY Urban Design Merit Award (2015); RIBA Award European National Winner (2014); Architizer A+ Awards (2014); Progressive Architecture Design Award (2013); Nordic Light Award (2013); International Economic Development Council Excellence Award (2012); Crown Prince Culture Prize, Danish Culture Fund (2011); Scandinavian Green Roof Award (2010); Cityscape Dubai Award (2009).

Entrance to arts classrooms beneath the sports field at BIG's Hellerup school

Entrance to arts classrooms beneath the sports field at BIG’s Hellerup school

Entrance to arts classrooms beneath the sports field at BIG’s Hellerup school

Serpentine Summer Houses 2016

Kunlé Adeyemi (born 7 April 1976) is a Nigerian architect, urbanist and creative researcher. His recent work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project - ‘African Water Cities’ - being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design, and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010 with a focus on developing cities and communities. NLÉ is currently developing a number of urban, research and architectural projects; including Rock - Chicago Lakefront Kiosk; Chicoco Radio Media Centre; Port Harcourt and Black Rhino Academy in Tanzania. Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi studied architecture at the University of Lagos where he began his early practice, before joining Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2002. At OMA he led the design, development and execution of several large prestigious projects around the world. Adeyemi is a juror for RIBA’s 2016 International Prize and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York.

Barkow Leibinger is an American/German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York, founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow (born 1957, Kansas City) and Regine Leibinger (born 1963, Stuttgart). Both taught at the Architectural Association in London and Harvard GSD, amongst others. Regine Leibinger is Professor for Building Construction and Design at the Technische Universität Berlin. Barkow Leibinger’s work is wide ranging in scale and building types, including building for the work place (industry, office and master-planning), cultural, housing, exhibitions and installations. Important milestones are the Biosphere in Potsdam, Germany; the Gate House and the Campus Restaurant in Ditzingen; Germany, the Trutec Building in Seoul, Korea, and the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin. Recently completed is the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin. Their work has been shown at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008 and 2014, the Marrakech Biennale 2012 and is included in the collections of MoMA, New York and other museums. They have won numerous awards such as the Marcus Prize for Architecture; three National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture; the DAM Prize for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability.

Yona Friedman (born 1923) is a Hungarian-born French architect. His theory and manifesto L’Architecture Mobile published in 1958, champions the inhabitant as designer and concept of his own living space within spaceframe structures. Friedman developed to facilitate improvisation, influenced avant-garde groups such the Metabolists and Archigram. His projects have included the College Bergson in Angers, France; the Museum for Simple Technology in Madras, India for which he received the Scroll of Honour for Habitat from the UN, and other projects for which he received the Architecture Award of the Berlin Academy; the Grand Prize for design of the Prime Minister of Japan, and many other international honours. Universities where he has taught include Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Princeton and Berkeley. He has participated in the Venice Biennale three times (2003, 2005, 2009), and the Shanghai Biennale in 2004 amongst others. He has been, and continues to be, the subject of multiple international exhibitions with the latest in 2015 at the Power Station Museum of Art in Shanghai. Publications by and about him number in the hundreds of articles and more than forty books. Most recently he was voted by Blueprint Magazine readers as the winner of the 2015 Blueprint Magazine Award for Critical Thinking.

Asif Khan (born 1979, London) has a London-based practice that works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. In 2010 he was the first architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum London and was awarded Designer of the Future in 2011 by Design Miami. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, he was commissioned to design and deliver Coca-Cola’s landmark Pavilion in the Olympic Park. In recognition of his design and delivery of the Mega Faces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, he was awarded a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation. This is the first time the panel have awarded the prestigious prize to an architecture studio or a Russian project. His notable recent works include being shortlisted for the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition; ‘Radiant Lines’ for the Light in Winter Festival 2014 in Melbourne; a shortlisted design for the UK Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015, and ‘Parhelia’ for Swarovski at Design Miami.

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