One of the wonders I miss most about living in London is walking to the annual Serpentine Gallery (@SerpentineUK) outdoor pavilion in Kensington Gardens. Creative and transformative architecture at its best in such a small and temporary space. Each year the gallery invites an architect who has not built a structure in London to create an outdoor pavilion to be used for events, exhibits and talks with a cafe for the summer season.
My first pavilion experience was in 2001 when I walked into German architect Daniel Libeskind’s temporary structure. It inspired me to visit the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, which he also designed, and opened in 2001. I was fortunate enough to listen to Mr. Libeskind talk about his body of work at the Barbican Theatre in London in 2004, including his contributions to the Master Plan of Ground Zero in New York. He was a sprite and inspiring little man. I also had an opportunity to visit the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado, which Mr. Libeskind designed the new entrance and Frederic C. Hamilton building in 2006, an extension of the original North Building designed by Gio Ponti in 1971.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion gives a mere glimpse of the works of brilliant global architects which lead me to continue exploring their work further.