Two weeks ago, news broke that very busy 41-year-old Danish architect Bjarke Ingels had been selected to design the pavilion for the latest in the Serpentine Galleries' annual architectural commission in London's Kensington Gardens. In a departure from years past, Ingels's design, an "unzipped wall that is transformed from a straight line to three-dimensional space," will be joined by what the Serpentine is calling "summer houses," four ancillary structures on the grounds by four additional architects.
Those architects are Kunlé Adeyemi (Nigeria), co-founder of the firm NLÉ; Asif Khan (U.K.); Barko Leibinger (Germany), and Yona Friedman (France). Though they may not have clinched the high-profile commission for the central pavilion, their proposals, inspired by a classical style circa-1734 summer house called Queen Caroline's Temple, are eye-popping attention grabbers in their own right.
Below, a look at each scheme.