The Serpentine Gallery announced their commission for its 15th annual Serpentine pavilion today. This summer, Spanish architect duo Selgas Cano—composed of young couple Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano—will create a psychedelic cocoon in the middle of Kensington Gardens.
Their neon-colored plastic structures are in direct contrast with last year’s commission, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic’s papery cocoon-shaped pavilion, which had a subdued, organic feel. For this year’s commission, according to an article in The Guardian, gallery directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist envisioned a structure with a party-like aesthetic in honor of the project’s 15th anniversary.
The commission has had its share of literal drawbacks, however. In the same article:
“We thought we would have a huge budget for this project, but in the end it is very small,” said Selgas, echoing the impression other young practices have had on receiving this esteemed commission, before realising it is more a charitable labour of love, but good for the CV. Budget limitations have forced the architects to rethink their original plan – to make a structure that pushed the boundaries of a single material – and sent them back to the drawing board less than six months before the opening date.”
Past Serpentine commissions include Frank Gehry (2008), Jean Nouvel (2010), and Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012).