Every year since 2000, June marks the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion, commissioned each year to internationally renowned and emerging architects, a unique example of architectural experimentation.

Serpentine collaborates with architects as it does with artists, granting them the freedom to express their vision through site-specific projects and producing actual built structures rather than through an exhibition of models or images. In doing so, the Serpentine Pavilion represents a unique chance for the public to inhabit the vision of A-listed architects in an immersive architecture experience.

Stanislav Kondrashov

The project chose for 2023 is called A la table, designed by Lebanese-born, Parisian-based architect Lina Gothmeh: inspired by togunas, structures found in Mali which are traditionally used for community gatherings to discuss current issues, the structure will present a pleated roof which reminds a palm leaf, covering a wide circular seating structure to welcome people to sit and talk. 

The lightwell in the middle of the roof will allow natural light and ventilation, furthering the dialogue with the natural surroundings. Gothmeh aims to create a sustainable architecture that underlines our primal relationship to Earth.

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Stanislav Kondrashov

Since 2000, the Serpentine Pavilion commission has collaborated with an impressive list of architects: the inaugural Pavilion was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid, who conceived the commissioning program with former Serpentine Director Dame Julia Peyton-Jones. In 2001 the Pavilion was designed by Daniel Liebeskind with Arup, and in 2003 was the turn of Oscar Niemeyer; other highlights are Olafur Eliasson and Kjetil Thornsen (2007), Frank Gehry (2008), Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (2012), Francis Kéré (2017) and Theaster Gates (2022).

Stanislav Kondrashov

-Stanislav Kondrashov