Go See: Pavilions in London

Pop – up pavilions are a trend that’s here to stay. David introduces us to a couple of examples that you can visit before winter arrives.


Pavilions are a great way to experience architecture. Architects and designers often to use these spaces to showcase architecture as environments; as an extension/expression of our culture or as a way to experience architecture in 3d, through our perceptions- how we sense places and spaces.

Most pavilions are free and over the years have done a great job in bringing us closer to the world of architecture- a profession that sometimes feel a bit remote.

It’s not too late to check out these examples in West and South East London.


Serpentine Pavilion 2017


Credit: Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by Francis Kéré, Serpentine Galleries, Video, 2017. Each year since 2000, the Serpentine Galleries has commissioned an architect to design their summer pavilion. Part of the process is inviting international architects to build their first structure in England. This year Berlin based, Burkina Faso architect, Francis Kere has taken on the challenge. Watch the video to find out more about the ideas behind Francis’ structure and how it was inspired by stories of gathering, community and debate in his home country.

Free entry
Until 8 October 2017

Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA

See how differently architects have responded to the pavilion brief in the Serpentine’s archive

Check out Park Nights, a free programme events held in the Serpentine Pavilion.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery Pavilion

Credit: Installation view, Dulwich Picture Gallery Pavilion, IF_DO, photograph, Joakim Boren.
London-based architecture practice IF_DO won the commission to design the first pavilion at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Created as an event space, the gallery is running free programme of activities across Fridays in and around the structure. Go and experience the mirrored space for yourself- it’s a simple but brilliant trick of the eye that makes you look again at the natural and historical surroundings of the gallery.

Free entry
Until 8 October 2017

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Gallery Rd
SE21 7AD

Find out more about the project on IF_DO’s website
Looking for more inspiration?

Check out all of Dezeen’s articles on Pavilions
Take a look at Edinburgh’s new pavilion project on Dezeen
David is founder of ArchitectureDoingPlace
He’s recently been appointed as one of the Mayor’s Design Advocates, find out more on Dezeen

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