Sunday, 3 August 2008

HOT: Frank Gehry's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

When open, the jutting glass and wood shards of Frank Gehry's temporary summer pavilion let in the sunshine and summer breeze, but their precarious yet precise balance means it looks like at any moment they could quietly and smoothly close into a conservatory roof, perfect for sheltering picnics when there's drizzle (or downpour, in the case of Sunday). I don't think the design is particularly shocking or original, especially if you come from Australia where there's lots of open pavilion-style beach house architecture, but it works for Hyde Park.

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