If the surest sign of summer in London is the appearance of a new pavilion in front of the Serpentine Gallery, then it’s perhaps fair to say that summer is over once the pavilion is taken down. The installations have gained prominence since its inaugural edition in 2000, acting as a kind of exclusive honor and indication of talent for those chosen to present; celebrated names from the past names include Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Olafur Eliasson. The premise is simple: an architect who has not built in the UK is invited to design a pavilion, with the intention of sharing their talent amongst a new and influential audience. Chosen designers are given a mere six months to design and construct their pavilion; a compressed timeline that encourages experimentation and quick thinking. But, despite all the pomp, circumstance, and famous faces involved in the yearly event, the pavilions are temporary installations. So what happens to them once their time in the Serpentine Park is up?
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