What can I say about this year’s Summer Pavilion?
I think it looks like a hat box.
I think the designer, Theaster Gates, has misread his brief. He appears to have created something akin to a mausoleum, rather than a summerhouse. Perhaps he’s aware of that, because the Pavilion is called Black Chapel.
Shouldn’t a pavilion welcome in the sky and sunlight? Apart from the oculus, there’s no window onto the world and inside is pretty miserable (with a segment chopped off to give a home to a café. Why?).
It’s best viewed from a distance, with leaves and branches relieving the black.
The Pavilion is in place until 16 October 2022.