Frida Escobedo Designs an Atmospheric Courtyard for Serpentine's 2018 Pavilion

Drawing inspiration from Mexican domestic architecture.

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London’s Serpentine Galleries has enlisted celebrated architect Frida Escobedo to design its 2018 pavilion. Drawing inspiration from Mexican domestic architecture, the structure draws inspiration from Mexican domestic architecture and acts an atmospheric courtyard that harnesses “an interplay of light, water, and geometry,” said the institution in a statement. Collectively, the courtyard is comprised of two rectangular sections situated at an angle and was built using local materials.

“The Serpentine Pavilion 2018 is a meeting of material and historical inspirations inseparable from the city of London itself and an idea which has been central to our practice from the beginning,” said Escobedo. “We have added the materials of light and shadow, reflection and refraction, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the passage of the day.”

The courtyard will be a platform for Serpentine Galleries’ Park Nights summer 2018 program that spotlights performances from international artists and musicians such as Kamasi Washington and Yaeji. The Pavilion is currently open to the public until October 7.

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Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA, UK

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