The architect from Gando, Burkino Faso, has been chosen this year to design the Summer pavilion in the gardens of the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park.
Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, Francis Kéré has designed a responsive pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to the natural context of Kensington Gardens. An expansive roof, 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 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.
Both the roof and wall system are made from wood. By day, they act as solar shading; by night, the walls become a source of illumination as small perforations twinkle with the movement and activity inside the pavilion.
From 23 June to 8 October 2017
W2 3XA, London. UK