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BIG's 2016 Serpentine Gallery Design Revealed (Plus Four Summer Houses)

10:05 - 24 February, 2016
BIG's 2016 Serpentine Gallery Design Revealed (Plus Four Summer Houses), Pavilion design by BIG. Image Courtesy of BIG
Pavilion design by BIG. Image Courtesy of BIG

The Serpentine Gallery in London has unveiled the designs for this year's prestigious Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by BIG, showing an "unzipped wall" which rises to a point above the entrance. In addition to the pavilion, this year the Serpentine gallery will host four smaller "summer houses" designed by Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ, Barkow Leibinger, Yona Friedman and Asif Khan. For these summer houses, the Serpentine Gallery asked the participants to take inspiration from Queen Caroline's Temple, a small, classical summer house near to the gallery that was built in 1734.

Read on to find out more about all five designs.

Summer house design by Kunlé Adeyemi - NLÉ. Image © NLÉ Summer house design by Barkow Leibinger. Image Courtesy of Barkow Leibinger Summer house design by Yona Friedman. Image Courtesy of AECOM Summer house design by Asif Khan. Image © Asif Khan + 18

NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos

00:00 - 31 January, 2015
NLÉ Wins Competition to Design Financial Headquarters in Lagos, Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ
Atrium Ground Floor. Image © NLÉ

International design firm NLÉ has recently shared its competition-winning design for the financial headquarters of the microfinance bank Credit Direct Limited. Located in Lagos, Nigeria, in the Ikeja district, the bank’s design abandons the forbidding presence of most financial institutions for one that is open and welcoming. This decision not only invites clientele inside, but creates opportunities for adaptation to the tropical weather of Lagos.

How Kunlé Adeyemi "Engages the Local and Specific To Have a Powerful Effect on a Global Level"

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
How Kunlé Adeyemi "Engages the Local and Specific To Have a Powerful Effect on a Global Level", Makoko Floating School / NLÉ Architects. Image © Iwan Baan
Makoko Floating School / NLÉ Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Kunlé Adeyemi, the 38 year-old former disciple of Rem Koolhaas, made headlines last year with his Makoko Floating School, which enabled better access to education a slum community in Lagos. In this profile of Adeyemi and his Practice NLÉ Architects, originally published by Metropolis Magazine, Avinash Rajagopal explores what drives the young architect, explaining why he was selected as one of 10 designers in Metropolis Magazine's 2014 New Talent list.

When the Makoko Floating School was completed in March 2013, it received wildly enthusiastic critical acclaim from the international news media. The simple A-frame structure, buoyed by recycled plastic barrels in a lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria, was designed by NLÉ, a Lagos- and Amsterdam-based studio founded by the architect Kunlé Adeyemi. The project, intended as a model for how Lagos’s floating community could build simple, sustainable structures for themselves, subsequently faced a few challenges. One of the biggest was winning over local officials, who simply did not know what to make of such a building.

Makoko Floating School / NLÉ

01:00 - 14 March, 2013
Makoko Floating School / NLÉ, Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects
Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects

Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects Makoko Floating School © NLÉ architects + 17