Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, was 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 London’s summer season. Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and then CEO Yana Peel made their selection of the architect, with advisors David Adjaye and Richard Rogers.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré designed a responsive Pavilion that sought to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimicked a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.
First published by Walther König, Köln
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- Serpentine Pavilion 2017 Designed by Francis Kéré, June 23, 2017 to November 19, 2017, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK
Across two sites, the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery present a year-round, open programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Walther König, Köln (February 27, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches