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Serpentine Pavilion won’t open this year

Postponed Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion won’t open this year

The 20th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by South African firm Counterspace, will not open until 2021. (Courtesy Counterspace)

The 20th Serpentine Pavilion will not open this year as planned.

Designed by South African firm Counterspace, the pavilion will open in 2021 instead of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic–related disruptions.

Counterspace is led by three architects all born in 1990, making them the youngest to ever design a Serpentine Pavilion, which is designed for the Serpentine Galleries in London’s Kensington Gardens every summer by an architect or team that has not built a major work in the United Kingdom.

The team will move forward, although more slowly, with the original idea of assembling the structure in different locations across London and eventually bringing together the pieces in Kensington Gardens. The team wanted to engage marginalized and/or migrant communities across the city in producing and enjoying the pavilion.

The pavilion had been scheduled to open June 11, 2020, and a new opening date has not been announced.