Gehry To Design First UK Work For Serpentine Pavilion

17 January 2008 (Last Updated January 17th, 2008 11:23)

London will soon feature the first UK work by Frank Gehry when he designs a temporary building for the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. Gehry, famous for building the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, US, has been chosen for the Serpent

London will soon feature the first UK work by Frank Gehry when he designs a temporary building for the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.

Gehry, famous for building the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, US, has been chosen for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion for 2008.

Each year the gallery selects an architect or designer to present the space from a list of well-known names that have not been linked to works already in the UK.

The Serpentine Gallery attracts about 750,000 visitors a year, who come to view its exhibition and architecture and take part in educational and public programmes.

Last year's featured artist for the pavilion was Olafur Eliasson and Norwegian architect Kjetil Thorsen of Snøhetta, who designed a timber-clad structure looking like a spinning top, adding a new vertical element to the traditionally single-level pavilion.

Other pavilions have been designed by Zaha Hadid architects, Rem Koolhaas and Cecil Balmond with Arup.

By Penny Jones