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Serpentine Gallery pavilion by SANAA

Here are the first official photos of this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, London, designed by Japanese designers SANAA. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


The surrounding park is reflected in the temporary structure's aluminium roof, which is shaped to curve around trees on the site and varies in height.


Curved walls made of transparent acrylic surround a cafe and auditorium under this canopy. The pavilion opens to the public on Sunday and will remain in place until 18 October. Photographs are by Luke Hayes.


A program of events called Park Nights will be hosted in the auditorium including performances, talks and screenings, and culminating in the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon in October.

See our previous story for more details about this project. See also Dezeen's top ten stories about pavilions.

More Dezeen stories about Serpentine Pavilions:

Serpentine Pavilion 2008 by Frank Gehry
Serpentine pavilion 2007 by Olafur Eliasson and Snøhetta
Lilas (temporary pavilion 2007) by Zaha Hadid