Serpentine Pavilion 2014: Designed by Smiljan Radić

Radić is the 14th architect to take up the commission to design a pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

Described by Radić as 'a fragile shell suspended on large quarry stones', the pavilion bares traces of his earlier work –particularly the Oscar Wilde-inspired The Castle of the Selfish Giant and the Restaurant Mestizo, part of which is supported by boulders. 

White, translucent and made of fibreglass, the pavilion occupies 541 square metres of the Serpentine outdoor lawn. The interior is organised around an empty patio with the natural setting appearing below, giving the sensation that the structure is floating. The semi-transparency of the shell has been envisioned so as at night 'the light will attract the attention of passers-by, like lamps attracting moths'.

Radić's previous structures have mostly been sited in Chile. Considerate of social conditions, environments and materials, he avoids specific categorisation within one field of architecture. This enables him to respond to the demands of each setting, from spatially-constrained urban sites to remote rural settings, as well as the mountainous terrains and rocky coastlines of his native Chile.

Don't miss

On Friday nights between July and September, the pavilion will host eight site-specific events that bring together art, poetry, music, film, literature and theory. There will also be a chance to see three new commissions by emerging artists Lina Lapelyte, Hannah Perry and Heather Phillipson.


Venue details

Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens London W2 3XA 020 7402 6075 www.serpentinegalleries.org

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

Daily during exhibitions, 10am – 6pm

The Gallery is closed to the public in the period between exhibitions, however the Bookshop remains open at all times.