BIG to design Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2016

11 February 2016 (Last Updated February 11th, 2016 18:30)

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to design the 16th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, UK.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been selected to design the 16th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, UK.

The temporary pavilion for the gallery is being built alongside four 25m² summer houses, designed in response to Queen Caroline's Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734, Serpentine Gallery said in a statement.

Kunlé Adeyemi NLÉ, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan will design the summer houses, which will complement the pavilion commission on the gallery's lawn by offering visitors an unrivalled experience of contemporary architecture.

BIG will design a 300sqm pavilion that is used as a café by day and a forum for learning, debate and entertainment at night.

"After 15 years, the Pavilion programme … now comprises of five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 and 93."

Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones said: "After 15 years, the Pavilion programme has expanded. It now comprises five structures, each designed by an architect of international renown, aged between 36 and 93.

"The Pavilion will be situated on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery and as usual, will be joined by four 25sqm Summer Houses designed in response to Queen Caroline's Temple, a classical-style summer house built in 1734.

"All projects have been thrilling to commission and will be equally exciting to realise. We cannot wait to unveil them all this summer."

Serpentine Galleries will be partnering with Harrods for the 2016 Pavilion Café.

The pavilion will open on 10 June and will remain open until 9 October this year.

BIG was recently selected by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to design a new police station in Melrose.

The proposed 59ft tall building will be the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) 40th precinct.