Tokyo’s SANAA to Build this Year’s Serpentine Summer Pavilion

24 February 2009 (Last Updated February 24th, 2009 18:30)

The Serpentine Gallery, a contemporary art museum located in London's Hyde Park has picked Tokyo's SANAA architecture practise to design this year's temporary summer pavilion. Each year, the gallery invites an architect who has never built in England before to design a temporary pavilion.

The Serpentine Gallery, a contemporary art museum located in London's Hyde Park has picked Tokyo's SANAA architecture practise to design this year's temporary summer pavilion.

Each year, the gallery invites an architect who has never built in England before to design a temporary pavilion.

SANAA, will be the latest architecture firm selected by the Serpentine to erect the provisional building that will serve as a cafe by day and a venue for talks and events by evening. The building will be opened on the gallery's front lawn from July till October.

SANAA's Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are previously known for designing the New Museum in New York and are currently working on the Louvre's new branch in Lens, northern France.

Serpentine Director, Julia Peyton-Jones said that the gallery was very excited by the appointment.

"It is a dream come true to work with such world-leading architects," Peyton-Jones said.

Sejima, who was born in 1956, studied architecture at the Japan Women's University and later worked in the offices of architect Toyo Ito. She started her own practice in 1987, and in 1995 teamed up with Nishizawa to set up SANAA. The pair won the Golden Lion award at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale.

By Daniel Garrun.