NLÉ architects and asif khan among architects to reveal serpentine summer houses
NLÉ architects and asif khan among architects to reveal serpentine summer houses NLÉ architects and asif khan among architects to reveal serpentine summer houses
feb 24, 2016

NLÉ architects and asif khan among architects to reveal serpentine summer houses

NLÉ architects and asif khan among architects to reveal serpentine summer houses
image © barkow leibinger




unveiled at the same time as this year’s serpentine pavilion design by bjarke ingels group (BIG), four other architects have been commissioned to present their version of a summer house/folly. the expanded program intends to introduce contemporary architecture to a wider audience with the design of a summer house which references a classical building by queen caroline’s temple which was erected in 1734 (also in hyde park). each of the four chosen architects: barkow leibinger, kunlé adeyemi (NLE), yona friedman and asif khan have revealed initial images of their interpretation.



see our previous coverage of the serpentine pavilion here.

barkow leibinger’s design sees a series of curving bands forming an overhead canopy
image © barkow leibinger




the berlin-based architects – barkow leibinger’s design sees an open-structure featuring a series of undulating structural bands reminiscent of a continuous line drawing. creating a tree-like canopy over visitors, the plywood and timber structure will intrinsically connect with its surroundings and the looping geometrical concept.

kunlé adeyemi’s design will have spaces carved out to invite people to sit, eat and socialize
image © NLÉ




NLÉ led by kunlé adeyemi’s response will be a structure showing an inverse replica of the traditional queen’s caroline’s temple. paying homage to the space, material and the robust form, adeyemi’s design uses prefabricated building blocks made of sandstone to create a room, doorway and window for visitor’s to interact with.

paying tribute to queen’s caroline’s temple, the design is an inverse of the historic folly
image © NLÉ

yona friedman’s flexible scheme is made to be assembled, dissembled and easily transportable
image © aecom




yona friedman’s modular structure explores versatility with metal rings of 1.80 meter diameter assembled to form a skeleton, space-chain frame. with the option to be assembled and disassembled in different formations and compositions.

image © asif khan




asif khan’s summer house design is based on a polished metal platform and conceived as a tea house. offering a different perspective and experience of the park and surrounding landscape, there will be three spaces of contrasting spatial quality and articulated by an undulating line of timber staves. meanwhile, a path of stepping stones will subtly lead visitors into the interior.

image © asif khan

queen caroline’s temple, kensington gardens, london
image © garry knight


    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,392 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample