Diébédo Francis Kéré Reveals Tree-inspired Design for Serpentine Pavilion 2017February 22, 2017
Congratulations to African architect and Creative Entrepreneur Diébédo Francis Kéré, who has been selected to design this year's Serpentine Pavilion, which is set to feature a roof that mimics a tree canopy and a central waterfall.
Kéré – who is based between his home town of Gando, Burkino Faso, and an office in Berlin – will create the 17th edition of the annual pavilion commission, which is built every summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens.
His design centres around an intricate steel framework that extends upwards to support an angular wooden roof modelled on a tree canopy. It is intended to reference the central tree in Gando – a meeting place for local residents.
When the sun in shining, visitors will be able to find shade underneath the canopy, or sit and bask in the courtyard that surrounds it.
But on wet days, rainwater will drain down through an oculus in the pavilion's roof structure, creating a "spectacular waterfall effect", before escaping down into a drainage system hidden beneath the ground.
The structure will also take on a different character by night, when its wooden walls become a source of illumination.