Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Known as the "architects' playground," London's Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens has become one of the world's leading test labs for bold architectural ideas: over the last six years, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Toyo Ito, and Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura have each offered their interpretations of a pavilion for the space. This year Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has presented a bigger and more expensive project than that of any of his esteemed predecessors. Featuring an enormous helium-filled canopy that rises into the air like a balloon and deflates during inclement weather, Koolhaas' pavilion will display video and will be the host site for discussions with, among others, artists Gilbert & George and musician Brian Eno.

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