Serpentine Pavilion 2017

Serpentine Pavilion 2017

This year's pavilion outside the Serpentine Galleries in London's Hyde Park has been designed by award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré

award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré is from Burkina Faso
Opening later this month, this year's Serpentine Pavilion brings a sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, who is from Gando on Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, responded to the brief with a bold, innovative structure. He's the 17th architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. 

 


Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré has designed a responsive Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat. 

Kéré has positively embraced the British climate in his design, creating a structure that engages with the ever-changing London weather in creative ways.

The Pavilion has four separate entry points with an open air courtyard in the centre, where visitors can sit and relax during sunny days. In the case of rain, an oculus funnels any water that collects on the roof into a spectacular waterfall effect, before it is evacuated through a drainage system in the floor for later use in irrigating the park. Both the roof and wall system are made from wood. By day, they act as solar shading, creating pools of dappled shadows. By night, the walls become a source of illumination as small perforations twinkle with the movement and activity from inside.

 
The pavilion interior
The architect has embraced the British climate in his design
Since its launch in 2000, this annual commission of an international architect to build his or her first structure in London at the time of invitation has become a leading visitor attraction in London during the summer months. 

As an architect, Kéré is committed to socially engaged and ecological design in his work, as evidenced by his award-winning primary school in Burkina Faso, pioneering solo museum shows in Munich and Philadelphia and his immersive installation in the 2014 exhibition Sensing Spaces at London’s Royal Academy.

 

 

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