Serpentine Selfie at Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Summer isn’t summer until the Serpentine Pavilion has been unveiled.  Every year, since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery invites an architect to design and construct a temporary pavilion in its front garden.  This week saw the unveiling of the Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Frida Escobedo leads an architecture studio in her native Mexico, she has come up with what looks like from the outside a simple black rectangle but, when you (and your camera) look closely, it is a feast of changing light and reflection.

Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018

The walls are not solid, they are made with up turned roof tiles in imitation of a celosia a traditional Mexican breeze wall.  Dappled light seeps in whilst views of vivid green leaves, blue sky and the white lantern that tops the Serpentine Gallery contrast with the black.

Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Inside the outer rectangle, which is square with the main gallery, is an inner courtyard aligned on the North – South axis in reference to the Greenwich Meridian.  One corner is filled with thin layer of water reflecting the sky above.

Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo 2018

We were allowed up onto the roof to take this one, when I turned to go back in I couldn’t resist capturing the magnificent roof lantern up close.

Serpentine Gallery Roof Lantern

A concave mirrored roof covers the inner courtyard creating yet more reflections and the perfect Serpentine selfie opportunity.

Serpentine Selfie reflection

What could be nicer on a summer’s day than to stroll through the park and stop for coffee in a stunning pavilion?  I’m sure that the Serpentine Gallery had higher artistic aims when they decided to invite a different architect each year to construct a temporary pavilion but I find that they have all been fine places to sit down with a book and a cup of coffee.

During the course of the summer the Serpentine Gallery is putting on a series of events both at lunchtime and in the evening, check out the Serpentine Gallery website for details of concerts and picnic talks.

If you are curious to see what last year’s pavilion looked like, take a peek at my post about the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.

For ideas about what else to see in London this summer check out my guide to the Best London Exhibitions Summer 2018.

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15 Comments

  1. June 17, 2018 / 12:38 am

    What a great idea! I never knew they did this.

    • Catherine
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      June 17, 2018 / 12:56 am

      Hyde Park is well worth a visit this summer Frida Escobedo Pavilion and next week a Christo Mastaba is being floated on the Serpentine

  2. June 17, 2018 / 6:16 am

    Oooh I love reflections, I’d be there all day. The photo of the three of you is such fun. I can tell where you are by your hand! #MySundayPhoto

  3. bavariansojourn
    June 17, 2018 / 7:56 am

    That’s really lovely, it’s been so long since I have been to the Serpentine! 🙂 #sundayphoto

  4. June 17, 2018 / 8:11 am

    Gorgeous photos, its so lovely around that area in the Summer months

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  5. June 17, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Wow, how amazing is his? Serpentine Gallery you say? Not a million miles from my brother’s place. You may have given me an added excuse to call in Catherine.

  6. June 17, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Looks beautiful in the photos. Sounds like an interesting concept too

  7. June 17, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Some lovely shots here. The serpentine is a fab spot

    #mysundayphoto

  8. June 18, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Awesome captures!

    • Catherine
      Author
      June 18, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you blessed with blue skies and a photogenic building

  9. August 2, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Looks like a great design. I’m looking forward to going down and checking it out. Great photos too. #farawayfiles

  10. August 6, 2018 / 10:54 am

    OH I love this! Art that you can engage and interact with for the win! Love that it changes every year, but is there long enough for many people to see and enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Cheers from Copenhagen! #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 11:04 am

      I love that it is different every year and serves coffee!

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