Challenging Concept for 2017
The public supported and free to enter, Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, London, each year hosts a competition for an outdoor summer pavilion. This year, the award went to Bakino Faso architect, Francis Kéré and the opportunity to produce a creatively challenging structure.
This annual commission invites an international architect to build his or her first structure in England (at the time of invitation). Since its launch in 2000, it has become one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during London’s summer season of culture.
Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has designed the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.
Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel selected the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers.
Inspired by Home Country
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in Gando, Bakino Faso, Francis Kéré has designed a Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and to 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.
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