SUMMER PLACE: It’s a wonder that this year’s summer pavilion on the lawns of London’s Serpentine Gallery is still standing.

The white glass-and-aluminum structure, designed by the Tokyo-based architect Toyo Ito and unveiled this month, looks as if it’s missing some pieces. The 61-year-old Ito had only six months to design and build the pavilion, which the Serpentine says must make "innovative use of new and traditional materials" and has to explore "forms of illusions and transparency."

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