"The Serpentine Summer Pavilion" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by aaaarrgh
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Almost every year since 2000 an international architect has been invited to design and build an exciting pavilion in Hyde Park. They have a very short period to produce an idea, then the structure is built and displayed for 3 months. A range of extremely interesting and successful architects have taken part: Zaha Hadid (2000), Daniel Liebskind (2001), Toyo Ito (2002), Oscar Neimeyer (2003), Siza and Souta de Moura (2005). Dutch architects MDRDV are planning their creation for 2006.
The pavilions are used during the day as a cafe and, during the evenings, for concerts and talks.
They have all been interesting. My favorite so far has been the 2005 pavilion, a beautiful, clever structure built from timber pieces and polycarbonate sheets. And I am a big fan of MDRDV, who were due to display in 2004, but have postponed to Summer 2006.
Next door is the (free) Serpentine Gallery, which generally has excellent displays of modern art. And just across the road is the Princess Diana Memorial Waterchute.
LOCATION: middle of Hyde Park next to Serpentine Gallery (South of the road bridge across the Serpentine Lake). Walk from Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch Tube. Generally open to the public from around July to September/October.
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