This year’s Serpentine Pavilion marked the final project of the gallery’s former co-director, Julia Peyton-Jones (who departed on 8th July) and also the debut of four new ‘Summer Houses’. These smaller installations were commissioned as a modern response to William Kent’s Queen Caroline’s Temple, a historical folly in Kensington Gardens. The finished designs are all curious-looking and fun to interact with, but some Summer Houses are more obviously connected to the Temple than others.
The main Pavilion is designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels (b.1975), the structure is simple but the experience is both immersive and impressive. Find out more on the gallery’s website; their short videos are particularly informative.