It’s become an annual event, not just in the world of art but in the cultural calendar of London, since 2000. Every year, an architect from abroad is commissioned to design a pavilion to be built and displayed on the lawn opposite the gallery between June and October. The first pavilion was designed by Dame Zaha Hadid when Peyton-Jones requested a temporary construction to honour the annual fund-raising summer party – and it’s become a regular fixture ever since.
From the futuristic to the avant-garde, the designs over the last seventeen years have comprised a diversity of artistic talents and outlooks. This year’s structure, Bjarke Ingels’ ‘unzipped wall’, transforms a straight line into a three-dimensional space. In 2013, Sou Fujimoto’s ‘cloud pavilion’, made out of thin white steel bars, attempted to blur the boundary between architecture and nature. In 2009, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa created an ephemeral metal roof sat on delicate columns to resemble a floating pool of water