For those looking to own a rare but relatively-bite-sized piece of architectural history, here’s your lucky chance. The four Summer Houses on display in Kensington Gardens as part of the 2016 Serpentine Architecture Programme and Pavilion will be offered up for sale when the exhibit closes on October 9th. Rupert des Forges of Knight Frank is managing the sales.
In addition to the Pavilion designed by Bjarke Ingels’s firm BIG, the Serpentine commissioned four international architects who have yet to build a permanent building in England to create 25-square-meter (or 269-square-feet) structures inspired by the Queen Caroline’s Temple, a 1734-built, classical style "summer house" nearby. The temporary structures were built by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, U.S.- and Germany-based practice Barkow Leibinger, Hungarian-born French architect Yona Friedman, and London-based architect Asif Khan.
Adeyemi’s house is an inverse replica of Queen Caroline’s Temple, while Barkow Leibinger’s curving project took its inspiration from a now-extinct 18th Century pavilion designed by William Kent. Friedman’s house is a modular "space chain" structure, and Khan’s an array of vertical beams that interact with the sun’s positioning on the original summer house. Each of these one-of-a-kind architectural gems are offered at £95,000, or approximately $125,000, except for Barkow Leibinger’s, which is being sold for £125,000, or $164,000—land not included. They’d make for a great tiny home or backyard hangout. Sadly, BIG’s Pavilion is not part of the public sale and has reportedly already been sold to Westbank, a Canadian developer. Check the others out at the Modern House.