The Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2018.

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

ArchitectFrida Escobedo
Location: London, UK
Year: 2018
Photography: Ste Murray

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

From the architect: Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

Escobedo’s Pavilion takes the form of an enclosed courtyard, comprised of two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. While the outer walls are aligned with the Serpentine Gallery’s eastern façade, the axis of the internal courtyard aligns directly to the north. Internal courtyards are a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture, while the Pavilion’s pivoted axis refers to the Prime Meridian, which was established in 1851 at Greenwich and became the global standard marker of time and geographical distance.

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

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The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

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The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

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The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

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The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The 2018 Serpentine Pavilion by Frida Escobedo

The Mexican architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2018

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