The 20th Serpentine Pavilion to open on June 11th

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The 20th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Counterspace and directed by Sumayya Vally, will be open from June 11th 2021. Vally, a TIME100 Next List honoree, is the youngest architect to be commissioned for this internationally renowned architecture programme. The Pavilion design is based on past and present places of meeting, organising and belonging across London. A specifically commissioned sound programme for the Pavilion, Listening to the City, will features work by artists including Ain Bailey and Jay Bernard, connecting visitors to the stories and sounds of lost spaces across London.

The Pavilion references places of worship, markets, restaurants, bookshops and local cultural institutions that are particularly relevant to migrant communities. During the summer, fragments of the Pavilion will be installed in neighbourhoods across the city to support gatherings and impromptu interactions and to honour the history of places which have held communities over time.

Counterspace is the 20th practice to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens. Most of Counterspace’s work emerges from research and art-based projects and is concerned with inclusivity, otherness and future. Sumayya Vally of Counterspace said of the design: “My practice, and this Pavilion, is centred around amplifying and collaborating with multiple and diverse voices from many different histories; with an interest in themes of identity, community, belonging and gathering. The past year has drawn these themes sharply into focus and has allowed me the space to reflect on the incredible generosity of the communities that have been integral to this Pavilion. This has given rise to several initiatives that extend the duration, scale and reach of the Pavilion beyond its physical lifespan. In a time of isolation, these initiatives have deepened the Pavilion’s intents toward sustained collaboration, and I am excited to continue this engagement with the Serpentine’s civic and education teams and our partners over the summer and beyond.”

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