Creator of the latest Serpentine Pavilion in London, the young designer invites us to her home in Mexico City
Frida Escobedo, a Mexican architect, born in 1979, is the youngest designer - the only woman after Zaha Hadid in 2000 -
commissioned to make this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary installation that occupies the garden of the famous institution every summer. Frida Escobedo and her studio had already produced temporary structures, like the Pabellón El Eco in 2010 for the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City or the Civic Stage for the Lisbon Triennale. But the Serpentine Pavilion defines two concepts that are very close to her way of doing architecture. “The fact that it is site-specific and its temporary nature. The pavilion is located in Kensington Gardens but only for four months, then it is bought by a private collector and ends up somewhere else in the world, where it becomes permanent. “It’s a contradictory exercise, in short.” “Architecture is my language, I don’t know how else to define it. It helps me understand the world and allows me to express who I am.” Fair enough, but who exactly is Frida Escobedo? Born in Mexico City, she studied at the Ibero-American University, earned a Master’s at Harvard and at the age of 24 she founded her first studio, Perro Rojo (Red Dog), with her boyfriend. Projects and private commissions began to come in. In 2006 she opened her new studio, where today there are eight people working, and carried out renovation projects - the Hotel Boca Chica in Acapulco and La Tallera in Cuernavaca - she won prizes and awards.