Serpentine Pavilion celebrates "places with a history significant to migration" says Sumayya Vally - architecture and design

Serpentine Pavilion celebrates "places with a history significant to migration" says Sumayya Vally



In this exclusive video produced by Dezeen, Sumayya Vally of Counterspace explains how her design for this year's Serpentine Pavilion references the architecture of London's migrant communities.
She described the pavilion as "a puzzle of many different elements" informed by buildings used by migrant groups across London.
In addition, five architectural "fragments" have been dotted around the city to bring the project directly to local communities.
Vally, director of Johannesburg practice Counterspace, is the 20th and youngest architect to have been commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery for its annual architecture pavilion, which was unveiled this morning in London's Kensington Gardens.
Sumayya Vally's Serpentine Pavilion is located on the lawn in front of the Serpentine Gallery in London "I became really interested in places with a history significant to migration ? small spaces that birthed community and that have held forms of cultural production over time," Vally explained in the video.
Architectures of London's migrant communities
Among the spaces that influenced the design are the Fazl Mosque and East London Mosque, two of the first mosques to be built in London, and the Centerprise Publishing House, a now-closed Hackney bookshop and publisher of queer and black literature.
Other locations included the Four Aces Club in Dalston, a music venue founded in 1966 that was among the first to showcase black musicians, and the Mangrove, a legend...
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