Serpentine Pavilion 2018 designed by Frida Escobedo

Inspirational space

Every year since 2000, an emerging international architect has been invited to create a temporary Pavilion on the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year, Mexican architect, Frida Escobedo, has created a haven of calm and contemplation amid the buzz of the city. Escobedo is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to design this temporary Pavilion.

Step inside Escobedo’s atmospheric courtyard-based design and you will be cocooned by a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry. It is a space inspired by the traditional domestic architecture of Mexico as well as British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Mirrored panels, a triangular pool of water and a lattice of tiles create changing reflections, shadows and views as the sun moves across the sky. Visit at different times of the day, or throughout the months the pavilion is in situ, and you will experience the space in a variety of fascinating ways.

Escobedo is the latest in a long line of talented designers to take on this pioneering commission –from Zaha Hadid to Sou Fujimoto. In 2016, the freeform optical illusion created by Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels became the most visited architectural and design exhibition in the world.

Check the Serpentine Gallery website for the full programme of experimental evening events, performances, workshops and family activities planned to bring the pavilion space to life this year.


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

Find out more


15 June - 7 Oct 2018
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am to 6pm
Admission is free


Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA