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Serpentine Pavilion 2017


Summer is here, and with it, the Summer Serpentine Pavilion, the annual project of contemporary architecture in London’s Hyde Park.

This year's ephemeral installation carries the signature of the architect Francis Kéré who, inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando in Burkina Faso, has designed a responsive space that seeks to connect its visitors to the natural context of Kensington Gardens.

An expansive roof made of 420 wooden panels and supported by a central steel framework mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against rain and summer heat. The walls are made from triangular components formed of brick-like wooden batons, which are then tessellated together to form the structure. During the day, both the roof and wall system act as solar shading, and by night they become a source of illumination as small perforations twinkle with the Summer activities organized by the gallery inside the pavilion.

The temporary structure has four separate entry points with an open air courtyard in the centre, where visitors can sit and relax during sunny days. In the case of rain, an oculus funnels any water that collects on the roof into a spectacular waterfall effect, before it is evacuated through a drainage system in the floor for later use in irrigating the park.

From 23 June to 8 October 2017


Kensington Gardens
W2 3XA, London. UK

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