Second Home, the London-based social business committed to supporting entrepreneurship, and creativity in cities around the world, and the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) are collaborating to bring the acclaimed 2015 Serpentine Pavilion designed by SelgasCano to Los Angeles, from June 28 to November 24, 2019.

The Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits will offer the public a flexible, multi-purpose social space in which to enjoy public programs and events focusing on the intersection of art, design, science, and nature, co-organized by Second Home and NHMLAC. The Pavilion precedes the opening of Second Home’s first U.S. location, Second Home Hollywood, opening later this year.

The installation in Los Angeles at the iconic La Brea Tar Pits—the only active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world—will mark the first time that a Serpentine Pavilion has been presented in the United States, and Los Angeles will be its only venue.

The 866-square-foot Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits will be set on the grassy ellipse in the park adjacent to the museum at La Brea Tar Pits. Designed by Madrid-based architects SelgasCano for the 15th annual presentation of the prestigious Serpentine Gallery program that showcases some of the boldest and most innovative designs in contemporary architecture, the Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by SelgasCano was originally installed and opened to the public at the Gallery’s site in London’s Hyde Park. In keeping with their reputation for playful designs and bold use of color, SelgasCano created an immersive, chrysalis-like structure covered in a translucent, multi-colored fabric membrane, allowing the public to experience architecture through shape, light, transparency, color, and materials. Visitors will be able to enter and exit the Pavilion at a number of different points, passing through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layers of the structure and into the Pavilion’s bright stained-glass-effect interior, allowing for different and surprising journeys through the space before reaching the interior’s airy center.

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 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. Collaborators include legendary BBC host and DJ Giles Peterson, who will help curate music programs; film streaming and distribution company MUBI, who will curate a series of screenings; and the Goldhirsh Foundation, who will present events tied to their LA2050 initiative. A full schedule will be announced in the coming months.

Later in the year, Second Home will also be launching their first US workspace location in Los Angeles, also designed by SelgasCano, transforming the historic site of the Anne Banning Community House in East Hollywood into an innovative 90,000-square-foot urban campus.

Second Home Hollywood will be home to 250 diverse organizations and teams – surrounded by over 6,500 trees and plants, and will also feature a branch of Second Home’s acclaimed bookshop Libreria, a 200-person auditorium, post-production facilities, a restaurant, outdoor roof terraces and meeting and event spaces.

Unlike private members clubs, Second Home Hollywood’s cultural program will be entirely open to the public—helping to support learning and social inclusion. The restaurant, bookshop and event spaces will also open to all, and local charities and neighborhood groups will be able to use meeting rooms free of charge.

Visitor Information

Address Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Boulevard 
Los Angeles, CA, 90036
Hours 6:00am – 10:00pm Daily


Free and open to the public

Photos by Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Second Home.