The Serpentine Pavilion
Frida Escobedo’s design will be at London’s Kensington Gardens
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, known for her work in urban reactivation, has designed the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion to take the form of an intimate courtyard. She is the youngest architect, and only the second solo woman since Zaha Hadid in 2000, to receive this prestigious invitation of designing this pavilion in London every summer.
Using a mix of her Mexican heritage and British history, the interplay of light, water and geometry is the key here. Featuring a latticed celosia facade (traditional Mexican breeze wall), shallow water pool of reflectivity, and curved roof with mirrored panels, the eye is drawn towards the movement of light and shadow throughout the day.