Over the past 15 years the Serpentine Pavilion in London has promoted architectural
experimentation by presenting inspirational temporary structures designed
by some of the world’s leading architects. The summer landmark has since become
one of the most visited architectural and design exhibitions in the world.
The annual brief is “to design a flexible, multi-purposes social space with a café
that is open to all throughout the summer”. For 2015, Serpentine Galleries commissioned
Spanish architects SelgasCano to design the 15th Serpentine Pavilion in
Kensington Gardens. The first Spaniards to receive the honour (it is the studio’s
first new structure in the UK, in keeping with the scheme’s criteria), José Selgas and
Lucía Cano formed their practice in 1998 in Madrid.
Announcing the commission, Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones and
co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist said, “SelgasCano are architects for our time who
offer a tantalising vision of the future. Their innovative use of materials, bold application
of colour, informed by playfulness, and a passion for nature ensures (the)
Pavilion will be very exciting.”