The 23-meter turf mountain will appear in Kensington Gardens in a year at the earliest. The technical problems associated with the implementation of the idea of the Dutch architects were too serious to be solved by this summer.
Some features of the project made it impossible to start construction planned for December 2004, so it turned out to be optimal to postpone the implementation for an indefinite period. Even gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones, formerly one of the most vocal advocates of the MVRDV project, acknowledged the difficulty of its implementation.
The Dutch bureau will be replaced by the Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza: he will design an alternative summer pavilion for the Serpentine in the shortest possible time.