The design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion has been revealed, and it's already inspiring magic mushrooms references. The design was commissioned by London's Serpentine Gallery, which has an annual tradition of choosing a designer without any work in the UK to plan a new pavilion in the Kensington Gardens. This year's project, dreamed up by Madrid based duo SelgasCano, looks like a psychedelic caterpillar fit for a scene in Alice in Wonderland. Designed with layers of neon plastic fabric and stretched woven webbing, the structure is "absolutely experimental" according to designer Jose Selgas.
The cocoon-like structure comes complete with a "secret corridor" between two layers of opaque and translucent plastic membranes, which create a kaleidoscopic interior effect. The project is certainly a step away from last year's prehistoric donut design, although both seem inspired by children's art and crafts project—the 2014 Serpentine Pavillion is of the soggy paper mâché variety, where SelgasCano's project is more of the tie-dyed shoelace kind.
Serpentine directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist wanted a "party pavilion" for the initiative's 15th anniversary, and although the SelgasCano design doesn't necessarily scream party, it's certainly festive in a Magic School Bus kind of way.
· Magic mushroom maze: this summer's Serpentine pavilion will be a psychedelic trip [The Guardian]
· 2014's Serpentine Pavilion Was Just U-Hauled to the Country [Curbed National]
· All Pavilions posts [Curbed National]