London | Serpentine Summer house 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi

Place: London, Country: United Kingdom
Architect: Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ, Amsterdam - Lagos
Client: Serpentine Galleries, London
Text by Riccardo Bianchini
All images courtesy of Serpentine Galleries, London

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Serpentine Summer House 2016 designed by Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ); (10 June – 9 October); Photo © Iwan Baan

London | Serpentine Summer House 2016 by Kunlé Adeyemi

The little Summer House designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi in the Kensigton Gardens, London, is a joyful play around the concept of architecture and its basic components.

One of the four projects part of the site-specific built architecture program inaugurated this year by the Serpentine Galleries, the design by Adeyemi is based on the historic Queen Caroline’s Temple designed by William Kent in 1734.


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Queen Caroline’s Temple, Kensington Gardens, London; Photo by Garry Knight

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Serpentine Summer House 2016; Design renders © NLÉ 

The neoclassical Temple was ideally de-constructed by Adayemi and then reassembled as a celebration of the elements of architecture; a free composition of a room, a portal, and a window which retains the proportions, style, and materials of the original, yet translated into a contemporary architectural alphabet.

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Serpentine Summer House 2016 designed by Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ); Photos © Iwan Baan

Kunlé Adeyemi (b. 1976), founder of Amsterdam and Lagos based practice NLÉ and a collaborator of Rem Koolhaas at OMA for almost a decade, is widely recognized for his notable works in Africa and inventive architectures, such as the recently-completed Makoko Floating School in Lagos. 

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NLÉ: Makoko Floating School, Lagos, Nigeria, 2012; Image by NLÉ

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Kunlé Adeyemi; Portrait © Reze Bonna

Images courtesy of http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/


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