'Mountain' delay hits Serpentine

Plans for a 23m-high ‘mountain’ in a well-known London park have been delayed for a year.

Dutch firm MVRDV was to build a spectacular covering for the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens, London. Technical problems have meant the architects have postponed the plan for the steel and grass structure until at least 2006. It was due to open in May but work planned to start in December has not yet got under way. Gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones said: “What seemed relatively easy proved not to be.” Architect Alvaro Siza will make an alternative design for the pavilion, which is part of an annual event.

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