Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design 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.
Kéré is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds. 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 one of the most anticipated events in the global cultural calendar and a leading visitor attraction during Londonʼs summer season.
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 treeʼs canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat. As an architect, Kéré is committed to socially engaged and ecological design in his practice.
Published on the occasion of the architect’s Serpentine Pavilion commission, Kensington Gardens, London (23 June – 8 October 2017).