The verdict: Ike Ijeh on Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion 2018 by Frida Escobedo

Source: Iwan Baan

BD’s critic is beguiled by the work of the youngest architect yet to win the annual commission

Architectural timepieces have a long and beguiling history. From the oculus possibly cut into the dome of Rome’s Parthenon to act as a giant sundial, to the domed observatories whose telescopes have been pointing at the stars for thousands of years, architects – like all of us – have always been fascinated by time and space.

Which is why Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s decision to conceive this year’s Serpentine Pavilion as a compass informed by these twin existential concepts follows a time-honoured, if challenging, form of philosophical and artistic enquiry.

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