Diébédo Francis Kéré to design 2017 Pavilion
Diébédo Francis Kéré is to design this summer’s Serpentine Pavilion. Based in his home town of Gando in Burkino Faso and also in Berlin, Kéré’s reputation centres on his socially driven and sustainable approach to architecture. His design for the 2017 Serpentine pavilion provides “a meeting place that aims to enhance the visitor’s experience of nature and provoke a new way for people to connect with each other.”
Equally at home in rain or sun, the pavilion engages with the British weather in creative ways. An expansive wooden roof mimics a tree canopy, funneling rain through a central oculus while the intricate supporting steel work allows air to circulate freely. The perforated wooden walls of intense blue provide dappled shade during the day, twinkling with light from within at night.
We are delighted to be collaborating with Kéré on the prototyping, manufacture and installation of what will be our ninth pavilion at the Serpentine. We are very proud of our work on the Serpentine commission, since 2009 it has provided us with a unique opportunity to work some of the world’s most prominent architects on producing a series of vastly different structures.