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Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor, has been invited to design the 2011 Serpentine Pavilion in London.
The Pritzker Prize winner will design and build the eleventh temporary pavilion for the forecourt of the Serpentine Gallery, located in Hyde Park.
Each year, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an architect to design the summer pavilion; in most cases, it is the architect’s first built project in the UK. The brief is open-ended, although there is usually only a six month period between the commission and the completion of the project.
Zumthor follows in the footsteps of a host of illustrious international architects who have been commissioned for the series, including Jean Nouvel (2010), SANAA (2009), Frank Gehry (2008) Zaha Hadid (2000 & 2007), Rem Koolhaas (2006) and Oscar Niemeyer (2003).
The Architects’ Journal reports that Zumthor’s early designs comprise of a “big concrete block with a garden in it”.
Zumthor is currently working on his first project in the UK, a house for Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project – a series of holiday houses designed by architects including Zumthor, MVRDV and Hopkins that will allow the public to experience architect-designed homes first hand. Zumthor’s design is due for completion in late 2011.
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