The all-woman team ‘Counterspace’ to design 20th Serpentine Pavilion


The all-woman team ‘Counterspace’ to design 20th Serpentine Pavilion

Johannesburg-based practice ‘Counterspace’, directed by an all-woman team, has been selected to design the 2020 Serpentine Summer Pavilion in Kensington Gardens.
On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Pavilion will be – more than ever – a place for debate, meeting and new ideas and it will set out to explore questions such as space, architecture, and sustainability.
Employing a mix of low tech and high-tech approaches to sustainability, the pavilion will be constructed with a variety of materials including custom K-briqs modules and cork (provided by Amorim) made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste, manufactured without firing, with a tenth of the carbon emission of normal bricks.

cover-image: Serpentine Pavilion 2020 designed by Counterspace, Design Render, Interior View © Counterspace


Serpentine Pavilion 2020 designed by Counterspace, Design Render, Exterior View
© Counterspace 

Counterspace is a collaborative architectural studio directed by Sumayya Vally, Sarah de Villiers, and Amina Kaskar founded in Johannesburg in 2015. Much of their works emerge from research and interdisciplinary art-based projects, undertaking predominantly architectural projects, community engagements, and urban research. Their work is influenced by ideas towards inclusivity and otherness and often intersects with other creative disciplines.


Amina Kaskar, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers of Counterspace. Photographed by Justice Mukheli in Johannesburg, 2020. © Counterspace

The Serpentine Galleries are renowned for the temporary summer pavilion, commissioning since 2000 to some of the most prominent international architects. Every year the pavilion is built in the heart of the Kensington Gardens and is intended to provide a multi-purpose social space where people gather and interact with contemporary art, music, dance and film events.

The Serpentine Pavilion will be open every day from 11 June to 11 October 2020.

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