Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, was commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018.
Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, Escobedo's atmospheric courtyard-based design drew on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.
Two reflecting elements emphasise the movement of light and shadow inside the Pavilion over the course of the day. The curved underside of the canopy is clad with mirrored panels, and a triangular pool cast into the Pavilion floor traces its boundary directly beneath the edge of the roof.
As the sun moved across the sky, reflected and refracted by these features, visitors felt a heightened awareness of time spent in play, improvisation and contemplation over the summer months.
The axis of the internal courtyard aligned directly to the north, referring to the Prime Meridian, which was established in 1851 at Greenwich.
"For the Serpentine Pavilion, we have added the materials of light and shadow, reflection and refraction, turning the building into a timepiece that charts the passage of the day." Frida Escobedo
Photography © Iwan Baan, Ste Murray, and Norbert Tukaj
Film produced by Candida Richardson