The first image of Lina Ghotmeh's design for the 2021 Serpentine Pavilion in London's Kensington Garden has been unveiled. Opening to the public on Friday, June 9, this circular timber structure serves as a shelter for a "concentric table", which Ghotmeh named À table – an aptly chosen French phrase calling for people to come together and gather around the same table - to eat, converse and celebrate. Take a look at the latest pictures of the project on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
Ghotmeh is the 22nd architect to be enlisted for Serpentine Pavilion since Zaha Hadid presented the inaugural structure in 2000. The wooden frame of the 2023 pavilion features multiple gables extending outward from its centre, which has been likened to a tree leaf.
It is enveloped by a colonnade and is surrounded by a screen designed to make a semi-enclosed space. "The structure looks like a leaf," commented Ghotmeh, "if you take a closer look with a microscope, you'll discover the main vein."
Ghotmeh is the latest Serpentine Pavilion built in Kensington Garden in central London. It will be designed with a modular system that can be "disassembled and reassembled" after the summer installation.
Serpentine Pavilions have been designed by Frida Escobedo, Bjarke Ingels and Sou Fujimoto in the past. The Black Chapel was designed by Theaster Gates last year.
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