The verdict: Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion

Serpentine Pavilion 2018 by Frida Escobedo

Building’s architecture critic Ike Ijeh 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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