Over the next five days the AJ takes a look at the architects who have made the headlines this year. Next up: SelgasCano
Madrid-based practice SelgasCano, headed up by Lucia Cano and Jose Selgas, was largely unheard of in the UK until it was revealed as the designer of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion.
This summer, as with every summer for the past fifteen or so years, the attention of the architecture world was drawn to a small patch of lawn outside London’s Serpentine gallery in Hyde Park where a colourful plastic pavilion had emerged.
The Madrid architect’s pop-up was not the best – described by Owen Pritchard as a ‘lumpy bumpy rainbow of ETFE’ – but it propelled the firm into the consciousness of the UK public.
The commission followed hot on the heels of the practice’s first UK project – the fit-out of a creative workspace in Shoreditch, East London.
The client of the Brick Lane scheme – Second Home – later announced it had snapped up the Serpentine Pavilion and was planning to ship it to Los Angeles for arts events.