Therme Art Program
Frida Escobedo (b.1979, Mexico City) is the principal and founder of an architecture and design studio based in Mexico City. On October 3, 2018, Therme Group™ announced the acquisition of the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frida Escobedo as part of the Therme Art Program initiative. Read our press release here.
Photo: Serpentine Pavilion 2018, designed by Frida Escobedo, Serpentine Gallery, London (15 June – 7 October 2018) © Frida Escobedo, Taller de Arquitectura, Photography © 2018 Iwan Baan
Frida Escobedo is the 18th and youngest architect yet to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens. Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selected this year’s architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers.
Escobedo’s Pavilion takes the form of an enclosed courtyard, comprised of two rectangular volumes positioned at an angle. While the outer walls are aligned with the Serpentine Gallery’s eastern façade, the axis of the internal courtyard aligns directly to the north. Internal courtyards are a common feature of Mexican domestic architecture, while the Pavilion’s pivoted axis refers to the Prime Meridian, which was established in 1851 at Greenwich and became the global standard marker of time and geographical distance.
Escobedo’s award-winning work has focused mainly on reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten. She was co-director of the architectural firm Perro Rojo for four years. In 2004 she was awarded the Scholarship for Young Creators by the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA) and in 2008 she was selected by Herzog & de Meuron as one of the architectural studios to participate in the Ordos 100 Project in Inner Mongolia, China. In 2009, she was a winner of the Young Architects Forum, organized by the Architectural League of New York. In 2013, she was selected as one of the three finalists for the Architecture program at the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was nominated for the Arc Vision Prize for Women and the Iakov Chernikhov Prize. In 2014, she was selected as a finalist for the Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London and was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize of the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2014, she won the Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Prize (IX BIAU) in Rosario, Argentina. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York. Her designs have been featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012 and 2014) and the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (2013).
Photo: © 2018 Norbert Tukaj