Viewing The Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace
11 June — 17 October
After a year’s delay, the 20th Serpentine Pavilion is now open in London’s Kensington Gardens. Designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, led by 30-year-old architect Sumayya Vally, this year’s project is based on ‘past and present places of meeting, organising and belonging across London.’
The striking structure is built of reclaimed steel, cork and timber and features a range of textures and pinky-brown hues that are inspired by the architecture and light of the city.
The youngest architect to be commissioned for the annual showcase, Vally has drawn design inspiration from gathering spaces across the city, including markets, restaurants, places of worship such as Fazl Mosque and bookshops. ‘My practice, and this Pavilion, is centred around amplifying and collaborating with multiple and diverse voices from many different histories,’ she said.
For the first time, the commission extends beyond the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, as four fragments have been installed in partner organizations across London. (New Beacon Books in Finsbury Park; the Tabernacle in Notting Hill; the Albany arts centre in Deptford; and Valence Library in Barking and Dagenham.)
The Pavilion also plays host to Serpentine’s popular Live Progamme, including Listening to the City, a specially commissioned sound programme featuring work by artists including Ain Bailey and Jay Bernard.