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Architecture August, 15 2011

Summer at the Serpentine: 10 Years of Temporary Pavilions by Top Architects

After over a decade of temporary pavilions designed by some of architecture’s most prolific minds, Summer at the Serpentine unites these images of the Serpentine Gallery’s temporary structure’s on the pages of a book, with illustrations from each architect and penmanship from renown architecture writer Philip Jodido.

“Since 2000, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens has called on some of the world’s top architects to design summer pavilions – temporary structures that are erected next to the Gallery itself for a three-month period. The Serpentine, which was built in 1934 as a tea pavilion, opened in 1970 as a showplace for exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists. The only architecture program of its type in the world, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions attract up to 250,000 visitors each summer.”

Some of the  Serpentine pavilion architects are names that have almost seamlessly blended into pop culture; Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Oscar Niemeyer are only a few examples included.

Available for purchase through TASCHEN.

More images after the jump.

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