One of the 4 Serpentine Summer Houses 2016 by American/ German architectural practice Barkow Leibinger.
For their Serpentine Summer House, Barkow Leibinger were inspired by another, now extinct, 18th Century pavilion designed by William Kent, which rotated and offered 360 degree views of the Park.
Barkow Leibinger is an American/ German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York and was founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.
Barkow Leibinger’s work is realized over a wide range of scales and building types including building for workplace (industry, office, and master-planning), cultural, housing, event spaces, exhibitions and installations in the public realm internationally. Important milestones are amongst others the Biosphere in Potsdam, Germany, the Gate House and the Campus Restaurant in Ditzingen, Germany and the TRUTEC Building in Seoul. Recently completed buildings include the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin, the HAWE factory complex in Kaufbeuren, a multi-use extension for the Aufbau Haus in Berlin and the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin.
Their discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows the work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This know-how expands to include new materials and their applications in driving the practice forward as a continuously evolving activity. This focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research and the practice itself – each are autonomous work-areas, which simultaneously inform each other beneficially. This is an approach that distinguishes each project as distinct in relationship to client/architect dialogue, location, aesthetics, and purpose.
Their work has been shown at the Architecture Biennale Venice 2008 and 2014, the Marrakech Biennale 2012, the Serpentine Architecture Programme 2016 in London and is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt.
Barkow Leibinger have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture und a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German Architecture Awards such as the DAM Preis für Architektur in Deutschland, the Betonpreis and the industriebaupreis for several of their buildings.