Since 2000, the Serpentine Galleries have commissioned some of today’s most renowned architects to build their first structure in England. Open to the public throughout the summer months, the Serpentine Pavilion offers a pioneering way for its audiences to physically experience world class architecture. After 15 years of ambitious projects, the Serpentine Pavilion has become established as one of the most anticipated events in the global design calendar.
In this first year of Build Your Own Pavilion, young people aged 8 to 14 were invited to submit their Pavilion designs online and at workshops across the UK during the summer of 2015. The platform and workshops gave an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and workshop students were given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials and progressing to 3D design and print technologies. The Build Your Own Pavilion website enabled young people to upload their own designs for a Pavilion to an online gallery, gain insight and learn about the architectural process from the world’s leading architects, download tools for designing and building their own Pavilions, explore past Pavilions and follow the Build Your Own Pavilion UK tour.
Designs were judged by a panel of experts including the Serpentine’s Directors and the 2015 Pavilion architects SelgasCano, with a selection of the best designs showcased on the platform and in the media. The winners of the 2015 competition were 10 year-old Jasmine and 13 year-old Nahida.
The second year of the competition will launch in June 2016.