this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is by Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor. I hadn't had a chance to visit it and so glad that I did before the Summer ends. It's a beautifully serene space that reminds me of a fragrant monk's cloister. The concept for this year is hortus conclusus which literally translates as enclosed garden and the architect calls it a 'garden within a garden'.
Every year, the Serpentine Gallery, in the centre of Hyde Park in London, commissions an architect to create a temporary pavilion cafe on their lawns for the Summer. The criteria is that the architect or design team should not have completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery's invitation.
This is pavilion's 11th year and definitely one of my favourites. The simplicity and Asian aesthetic of building combining with the European garden flourishing in the centre and the contemplative space in between, feels perfectly pitched for the mood in 2011.
It would have been interesting to see the garden by Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf, at the beginning of the Summer when it was still green and thinking about its' potential. I really like it now, in it's blowsy and slightly faded state.