Frank Gehry has been appointed to design this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Kensington Gardens, the gallery has announced today.
In keeping with past Pavilion designs, the temporary structure will be built over the next six months and will stand for just three months over the summer, coinciding with the London Architecture Festival.
Gehry’s creation will operate as a café during the day and a venue for public events at night, and will once again play home to a series of talks and seminars. More than 250 000 people are expected to attend.
The gallery will become the world renowned architect’s first built structure in England – the nearest Gehry has come to English soil until now is his design for the cancer care centre Maggies Centre in Dundee, Scotland, commissioned by Charles Jencks.
Serpentine Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones says, ‘It is an honour to be working with Frank Gehry. It is a marvellous addition to the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, the only commission of its kind worldwide that annually gives leading architects their debut in England and brings the best of contemporary architecture to London for everyone to enjoy.’