Lasting 17 years, the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Exhibition has become one of the most expected architectural events, not only for London design but for the global architecture community.
Each summer the Serpentine invites an internationally renowned architect to create his or her first built structure in England. The Pavilion commission had become an international site for architectural experimentation and has presented by some of the world’s greatest architects. The selection is led by the Serpentine’s core curatorial thinking. The aim is to choose the top architects who consistently extend the boundaries of contemporary architectural practice and to introduce the practitioners to a wider audience.
The brief is to design a 300–square-meter Pavilion that is used as a café and meeting space by day and a forum for learning, debate, and entertainment at night. Since its inception the Pavilion has become an established home for the projects, it’s realized through sponsorship, in-kind support and the sale of the Pavilion. In 2000 Zaha Hadid designs the inaugural Pavilion.
See also: Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by the Architect Francis Kéré
For the last 17 years, the Serpentine Pavilion has been a significant platform, not only to publicize architectural experimentation and Avant-garde design but to witness an communion between the designers and the public benefit.