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The Pavilion is partially moveable | Photo source Counterspace

This year's Serpentine Pavilion to be made of recycled bricks and cork

Architecture & Design

The design incorporates K-Briq modules, which are made from 90 per cent recycled construction waste

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Spotted: In its 20th, the job of designing the Serpentine Pavillion 2020 has fallen on the Johannesburg-based, all-woman architecture team, Counterspace. The team is comprised of the youngest architects to ever have taken on the project. 

Counterspace has stated that the Pavillion’s design will be based on some of London’s migrant communities, and will use sustainable materials such as recycled bricks and cork. The bricks are K-Briq modules, a new technology from Kenoteq that uses 90 per cent recycled construction waste. The cork is sourced from the Portuguese producer, Amorim, and different textures, shapes and gradients will tie the design together. Overall, the design will be a testament to the places in London with the largest migrant populations, such as Brixton, Hoxton, Hackney, Whitechapel, Edgeware Road, Peckham, Ealing and North Kensington.

The building of pavilion itself is an event, as it will be bringing a variety of designs across London together. “These forms are imprints of some of the places, spaces and artefacts which have made care and sustenance part of London’s identity,” lead architect Sumayya Vally told Dezeen.

The Serpentine Pavilion will be partially moveable and will travel to different neighbourhoods across London, hosting different community events, as part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth series, which will take place from 11 June to 11 October 11. The moveable parts will then be returned to the main structure at the end of the summer.

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