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Hippy hippy snake: the Serpentine pavilion opens today

By Michael Curle

It's not the balmy evenings or blossoming flowers that signal the start of summer, it's the arrival of the Serpentine's annual pavilion, an ever-shifting architectural oasis in Kensington Gardens. So get those sunnies out, because the building that sounds a bit like an arthouse remake of 'Snakes on a Plane' returns on Thursday June 25 for its fifteenth anniversary. Spanish architects SelgasCano are building this year's pavilion and will be showing off their nature-meets-synthetics genius. The duo have designed a stunning chrysalis-like structure made from brightly coloured transparent plastic. It's a space in the middle of the city to just get lost in, to marvel at the architecture and to realise that, yeah, London's actually not too bad. There's talk of a 'secret corridor' from which to marvel at the building's awesome stained-glass-effect interior. Other than inspiring daydreams of caterpillars mating with Fruit Pastilles, what else is going on? Talks, parties and new commissions by loads of brilliant artists: that's what. Head there before the whole thing's taken down in October.

Which Serpentine pavilion is your fave? Vote here.


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