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London’s SelgasCano-Designed Serpentine Pavilion is About to Land in LA

Interior view of the SelgasCano-designed Serpentine Pavilion. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

Since its inception in 2000 with Zaha Hadid as its first designer, the Serpentine Pavilion on the Kensington Gardens lawn outside the permanent Serpentine Gallery has been created by such architectural supernovas as Sanaa, Sou Fujimoto, Peter Zumthor, Bjarke Ingels, Diébédo Francis Kéré, and a collaboration between Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei.

The SelgasCano-designed Serpentine Pavilion will soon be installed in LA’s La Brea Tar Pits. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.


In 2015, the Madrid-based studio SelgasCano, the first Spaniards commissioned, created a charming cocoon-like work of a colorful membrane fabric. This summer, that construction will be reincarnated and transported to Los Angeles, marking its debut in the U.S. Visitors will be able to experience the architects’ themes of light, shadow, color, transparency, and materials as they enter through various openings and proceed through the structure. The venue is the La Brea Tar Pits, the historical site that is mere steps from LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Second Home will use the Serpentine Pavilion for free events throughout the summer and fall. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

The LA installation, running from June 28 through November 24, coincides with the Hollywood opening of the London-based co-working venture Second Home, which is sponsoring the endeavor with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County. Encompassing 866 square feet, Serpentine redux will be a meeting ground for public talks, film screenings, music and cultural events. So far, named collaborators include BBC host and DJ Gilles Peterson; the film streaming and distribution firm, Mubi; and the Goldhirsh Foundation addressing LA’s future with its initiative LA2050. Everything will be open to the public and free.

Interior of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, set to debut in Los Angeles on June 28, 2019. Photography by Iwan Baan, courtesy of Second Home.

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The Most Exciting New Buildings in NYC Are Being Built to Show Off This Material

Leading architects—Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Foster + Partners—are shunning steel and glass and bringing new meaning to the term “concrete jungle”.

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The World’s Most Incredible Escalators

Also known as stairs that move, today’s escalator seems as revolutionary a concept as vending machines, barely more exciting than coin-operated pay phones. Slowly and diagonally, they move pedestrians up toward destinations with indeterminate reward—like a second-floor Gap. Frequently central pieces of architecture, escalators climb stories with ease, but they’re often eyesores. A handful of designs, however, take the necessary model to the next level. Practical can be pretty, and worthy of a runway—or at the very least, a stunning step up.


Photo: Wim Vanmaele

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

While nothing can beat the exterior of Brussels’ Atomium—originally constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair, it’s designed like a magnified unit cell of an iron crystal—it’d be silly to overlook the beauty of its parts. Metal tubes connect massive spheres and double as pathways, wherein original escalators make lengthy journeys (one of which, just under 115 feet long, was Europe’s longest escalator at the time).

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

Fondaco dei Tedeschi (Venice, Italy)

Originally constructed in 1228, Venice’s iconic building Fondaco dei Tedeschi arrived long before the first escalator landed in 1896 (in Coney Island, believe it or not). Commissioned to rework the ancient landmark into a new-age department store, architecture firm OMA articulated a new path through the historic building, dressing the escalator with runway-ready accents: red steps, red trim, and rich wooden paneling.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Public (New York City)

Ian Schrager’s shiny new Public hotel in Manhattan’s Lower East Side makes an entrance—no surprise for the hotelier known for cofounding Studio 54. Past the ground floor’s revolving doors, escalators designed by Herzog & de Meuronare encased in metal tubes that shoot toward the second-floor lobby. Inside, mirrored surfaces reflect and repeat the golden-orange lights that are piped along handrails, much to the delight of Instagram.

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