A Balloon for Neverland

architects Rem Koolhaas, Cecil Balmond & Arup
project Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2006, London, Great Britain
written by Alan Kostrenčić


How can you jump over your shadow
When you don’t have one any more?


The building that today hosts the Serpentine Gallery was built in 1934 as a tea pavilion, in the former private gardens next to Kensington Palace, west of Hyde Park. Kensington Gardens are also famous for the fact that Peter Pan used to live in them before he flew to Neverland. The popularity of these gardens among Londoners is best described by the anecdote where the King asked the Prime Minister what would it cost him to close the Gardens. The Prime Minister replied it would cost him his crown.