Bjarke Ingels of Danish architecture firm BIG has been selected to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London this year. The pavilion is constructed every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London. The Danish firm, which has offices in Copenhagen and New York, will design the 2016 pavilion in the 16th year of the unique programme.
In a shift from the usual format, this year’s pavilion will also see the participation of four internationally renowned architects who will create accompanying summerhouses. Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, Berlin studio Barkow Leibinger, Paris-based architect Yona Friedman and British architect Asif Khan have been selected to design these summerhouses.
Serpentine Gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist explained that this year’s edition, for the first time, will comprise of five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 and 93 years.
Every year, a different architect is commissioned to design the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, presenting them with an opportunity to create their first built structure in England. Past pavilion designers include Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, Herzog & de Meuron, Sou Fujimoto and Spanish duo SelgasCano, who created last year's pavilion.