Serpentine pavilion 2017: Artist Diébédo Francis Kéré 'attempts to embrace the British climate'

An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy

Sherna Noah
Tuesday 20 June 2017 17:58
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When it rains, water on the roof drains into a waterfall effect and can be used later to irrigate nearby parkland
When it rains, water on the roof drains into a waterfall effect and can be used later to irrigate nearby parkland

The Serpentine has unveiled this year’s temporary pavilion – a structure inspired by a tree.

Diébédo Francis Kéré, an architect originally from Burkina Faso, west Africa, designed the 2017 structure on the Serpentine grounds.

He was “inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life” in the village of Gando, where he was born.

An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree's canopy.

When it rains, water on the roof drains into a waterfall effect and can be used later to irrigate nearby parkland.

The architect, the 17th to design a temporary pavilion on the Serpentine's grounds, has attempted to embrace “the British climate, creating a structure that engages with the ever-changing London weather”.

Diébédo Francis Kéré is originally from Burkina Faso

He said that he wanted to fuse his experience of “growing up in a remote desert village” with experimental construction techniques and is “fascinated by how this artificial landscape offered a new way for people in the city to experience nature.

“In Burkina Faso, I am accustomed to being confronted with climate and natural landscape as a harsh reality,” he said.

(AFP

The Serpentine Pavilion serves as a cafe by day and a forum for entertainment, debate and learning at night and is open from 23 June 23 to 8 October.

PA

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