Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Hyde Park

We are in Paris now and did not have time to post this when in London. At least there is a theme that links it to Paris as the architect of this Pavilion is Jean Nouvel, French and trained at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. We had a private tour of the school two years ago. We have also been inside one of the buildings he designed here, the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Now,  since when I am not wearing black or white, red is next. I respond well to all things red. I was meant to find this building.


The traditional Serpentine Gallery building is to the right in this picture. His inspiration for the all red colour scheme are English red phone boxes and red double decker buses. He must just like red too!

In the far background are the round soft fabric covered chairs we sat in and just didn’t want to leave.

It is an informal space with areas for leisure, tables with chess board set into the top and a variety of seating in different areas.  A cafe bar area serves beer and wine and other drinks, light meals etc. I noticed they had red macarons which are definitely another French touch.

We walked from one side of Hyde Park to the other so this red oasis was very welcome, and the sun was shining so a perfect time to see it casting a red glow.

A family here making sure their children got the most out of the two hammock chairs available, one on either side of the pavilion.

In Paris we see ping pong tables in the parks, there is one in the little park behind the Picasso Musee here and Nouvel has added some in this installation in front of the pavilion – the tables are coloured red of course.

And on the day I had on my red waistcoat.

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  1. #1 by Debra Kolkka on September 24, 2010 - 8:28 am

    I have never been to this place in London. I will look for it next time I am there.

    • #2 by Roz on September 24, 2010 - 1:44 pm

      The pavilion may not be there for long, guest architects invited on a regular basis. Just google next time you are to be in London to see the latest. Roz

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