It wouldn’t be summer in London without the ever-bonkers Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Over the years we’ve cosied up beneath a giant puddle, supped our flat whites inside an inflated marshmallow, even scaled a ‘Tron’-style grid of white steel in search of a seat, and yet we confess to being amazed by the futuristic design of this year’s summerhouse on the Serpentine Gallery lawn.
The architects, Madrid-based duo Selgas Cano, have just revealed their vision for the 15 annual pavilion – and it’s a trippy biomorphic form that fellow Spaniard Joan Miró would be proud of. Wrapped in a multi-coloured membrane, the chrysalis-like structure is part café and events space, part labyrinth. Make your way along a ‘secret corridor’ and through a series of interlocking tunnels and you’ll find yourself cocooned in the rainbow glow of its ‘stained glass-effect interior’ where, as well as the caff, there will be live events including music, theatre, performances, talks and film screenings.
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA. Jun 25 to Oct 18
See how last year’s Serpentine Pavilion measures up here.