Serpentine Pavilion 2018

London, England
Architect: Frida Escobedo

From the outside, this latest temporary Serpentine Pavilion is a seemingly simple form, but once entered, becomes an enticing play with light, geometry, materials and natural elements.

Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has used simple black cement roof tiles to create her three-dimensional structure and has even introduce the fourth dimension, time, by symbolically aligning the interior of the building with the Greenwich Meridian (the exterior is aligned with the Serpentine Gallery). The cement tiles are used horizontally and separated by a gap to allow light and breezes to filter through.

The central courtyard, traditional in many Mexican buildings, is part open to the elements, allowing rain in, with the water collecting in a shallow pool and all of it reflected in the mirrored ceiling.