A visit to the 'cocoon': Smiljan Radic's design for the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion

For the past 14 years, the Serpentine Pavillion has become an iconic and respected landmark commission annually awarded to a leading architect. 

The 2012 Pavilion was designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron. 

In 2013, Sou Fujimoto was the chosen one. 

This year, it was Smilijan Radic

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And who is that? You may ask. Only 48 years old, Chilean architect Radic may not have the global fame that instantly rings a bell when you hear his name. However, after last night’s opening of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, you will not forget him. 

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Source: The Guardian: http://tinyurl.com/pxvggvr

The ‘doughnut shaped’ structure was built from a thin layer of fibreglass, with several openings and 'windows’ which allowed those inside to have a view of the gardens. 

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Despite the confusing weather (bright sunshine and rain), the evening was filled with a wonderful crowd. Everyone was in awe over what Oliver Wainwright from The Guardian described as “a  bulbous white cocoon, still sticky with the excretions of whatever creature made it, [which] has landed in Kensington Gardens”.

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