Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits

Opening June 28, 2019

A winding gallery of what TimeOut calls "rainbow tunnels" arrives at La Brea Tar Pits this summer—when the Second Home Pavilion opens for free daily visits and public events from June 28 to November 24, 2019 until 10 pm each evening. 

Thanks to a collaboration between the London-based Second Home, a London-based creative workspace, and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), the park at La Brea Tar Pits will welcome the 866-square-foot Pavilion in its US debut. Designed by SelgasCano, the Spanish team of José Selgas and Lucía Cano, Second Home Pavilion was originally installed in London's Hyde Park in 2015.

"The Pavilion is an opportunity to experience one of the boldest and most innovative designs in contemporary architecture," says Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, NHMLAC President and Director. "But it’s also a place for people to meet and be inspired by a range of activities throughout the summer. It gives a glimpse of what we can do with cultural programming at our museums, at that space where art and science intersect.”

Angelenos and visitors can wander through the immersive structure and experience architecture through shape, light, transparency, color, and materials. There are many places to enter and exit, inside lies a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layers of the structure that leads into the Second Home Pavilion's bright, stained-glass-effect interior.

Second Home and NHMLAC will partner on a diverse program of public talks, film screenings, and other events—all free and open to the public—to take place throughout the five-month installation of the Second Home Pavilion. World-class speakers and experts across a range of fields will present programs focusing on key contemporary themes, including diversity in entrepreneurship; the future of Los Angeles in terms of equity and sustainability; and the possibilities for convergence and cross-pollination in art, science, design, nature, and innovation. It’s an opportunity to experience a range of cultural programing, at a space where art and science intersect. 

As Sam Aldenton, co-founder and co-CEO of Second Home, puts it: “The Second Home Pavilion is our immersive love letter to LA, where we'll be hosting public events celebrating the rich history of this brilliant city and discussing its exciting future."


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