Serpentine Gallery's 2011 Pavilion by Peter Zumthor
Each year, London's Serpentine Gallery has a temporary pavilion designed by a well-known architect. This year's version is by Pritzker prize winner Peter Zumthor, with a garden by Piet Oudolf—the first time horticulture has joined architecture in the 11 years of the pavilion's history.
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This year, 68-year-old Swiss architect Peter Zumthor takes a turn. His matte black windowless rectangle, 18 feet high and covering just over 4,000 square feet, doesn’t shout its presence; it is a long, low box sitting quietly among the trees. However, it is as striking in its simplicity as his austerely beautiful Therme Vals in his native Switzerland and the concrete oblong of the Bruder Klaus Chapel in Germany—designs that won Zumthor an international reputation and the 2009 Pritzker prize for architecture.
Within Peter Zumthor's stark, monastic creation for London's Serpentine Gallery, a garden designed by Piet Oudolf breaks out in a frenzy of shapes and colors.