Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 which opened earlier this week in London. His proposal offers a sharp, innovative structure that responds to the brightness and harmony of Kensington Gardens.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré has designed an environmentally-conscious Pavilion that seeks to connect its guests to nature. An expansive roof, supported by a central open steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air and nature to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.
The Pavilion is also the platform for a new summer of Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters. Practitioners in the fields of art, architecture, music, film, philosophy and technology have been commissioned to create new, site-specific work in response to Kéré’s pavilion.