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I don’t stumble through Lancaster Gate’s turnstiles by chance. When I join Ian Brumpton for spritely street photo walks I have ended up here. The one other reason is to visit the Serpentine Gallery and their new Pavilion each year. Here’s a shot from my 2013 visit.

It’s a fast 10 minute walk through the well tended gardens to the Pavilion so, in this 30 degree weather, drink plenty of water!

Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, 2014, by Smiljan Radić

Smiljan Radić is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens.

Occupying a footprint of some 514 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure of fibreglass, designed to resemble a shell, which rests on large quarry stones. This work has its roots in the architect’s earlier work, particularly The Castle of the Selfish Giant, inspired by the Oscar Wilde story and the Restaurant Mestizo – part of which is supported by large boulders.

The 2014 Pavilion is designed as a flexible, multi-purpose social space with a café sited inside. Visitors will be encouraged to enter and interact with the Pavilion in different ways throughout its four month tenure in the Park.


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I think a great deal of the flowers aren’t in bloom right now, but there was plenty to see.

This is a personal take on my visit.

Santa Cruz Waterlilly
Lots of people

Tree, Kew Gardens
If trees are your thing, you will swoon with delight

If you do go, it’s a lot of time out in the sun. Take and drink lots of water!