BASALT OUTCROP : A semi submerged concrete shaft signals the start of the AR journey below.


“Subterranean Serpentine” proposes to activate the ground beneath the Serpentine Gallery and Hyde Park through the use of Augmented Reality.

(An expanded proposal for the Serpentines AR Architecture Program 2019)

We spend most of our time occupying this thin outside layer of the Earth, not taking much time to consider what’s below our feet. 

If we could envisage this space, turn the inside to be viewed from the outside, maybe this would give us a better appreciation for that we can’t naturally fathom below.


AR DISPLAYS: Data overlays of excavated apertures reveal root networks and underground rivers below.


The Serpentine Gallery’s location, in the middle of Hyde Park, allows for a richness of content when considering the world of the subterranean.


Visitors can either follow the snaking guides or freely explore, unearthing sites below.


Rock strata and mineral deposits could be uncovered as well as ancient underground rivers such as the River Westbourne, an original river that ran into the Serpentine hundreds of years ago.

Plant and tree life could be explored through the earth, revealing complex root structures and other botanical wonders. There is also an extensive system of tunnels created by animal life that live beneath the London’s parks, such as rabbits, foxes, badgers, moles and various insects.

Due to the historical significance of the park there are a multitude of hidden remnants to be unearthed such as secret tunnels and the original site of the Crystal Palace which could be rediscovered.

Present Day:
Modern infrastructure that runs under our feet could be exposed, underground trains, sewerage tunnels, cabling, and also disused infrastructure. Even the foundations of prior Serpentine Pavilions could be presented, such as those explored by Herzog De Meuron / Aei Wei Wei in their 2012 Pavilion.


DESIRE LINES: Trails could be mapped next to other visitors to show various routes explored.