My Kensington


Light as a Cloud in Kensington Gardens

Posted by Oliver, on 12 Sep 2013, in My Kensington

‘Serpentine Pavillion 2013 / interior’ , © 2013 GeorgeRexTA [at] gmail [dot] com, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Serpentine Pavillion 2013 / interior’ , © 2013 GeorgeRexTA [at] gmail [dot] com, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Ah, summer has once again flooded into Kensington hotels in London and I must confess my friends I am quite giddy about it. The beautiful colours of the flowers that have finally bloomed along Kensington streets, and the smiles on people’s faces as they step out on to the sunny streets to start their day has me in a very nice mood indeed. As the summer season has finally rolled around, visitors and residents are once again graced with a new installation in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. This year marks the thirteenth year Kensington Gardens has hosted the installation, and I think that this could be the best yet!

Sou Fujimoto is the architect that has accepted the honour to showcase his design at the historic park. One of my favourite parts of being a concierge at one of the leading Kensington hotels in London is that there are so many cultural opportunities right outside the door. This Japanese architect joins the master class of architects like Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid to show their designs in this park.

From what I hear, Fujimoto is making quite a splash in the eco-friendly architecture movement. He is inspired by natural light and organic structures, both of which can be observed in the structure in Kensington Gardens. The lattice structure, built from steel poles that have a lightweight and semi-transparent appearance allude to a cloud like form that covers the people inside. This is a great place for guests staying in Kensington hotels in London to go and have a little picnic on these beautiful summer days; there is cafe seating inside the structure.

Personally I love to visit the pavilion at night. There are lights surrounding the base of the structure that make the entire form glow. It really is a magical sight to see. The delicate structure is a great addition and something that everyone should see while staying at one of the Kensington hotels.

In London, during the summertime, thousands flock to Hyde Park to soak of the rare rays of the glorious sun. Fujimoto’s installation in Kensington Gardens is such a beautiful structure to take friends or family to see while relaxing after work or on the weekends. Many of my guests have returned raving about the structure and how much they enjoyed the design. If you don’t have the chance to visit the structure this year, don’t fret, I’m sure the installation next summer will be just as breathtaking.