Artist behind Serpentine temporary pavilion tried to ’embrace British climate’

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This year’s temporary structure is inspired by a tree.

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

Diebedo Francis Kere, an architect originally from Burkina Faso, in 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.

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(from left) Deputy mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries Justine Simmons, artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obist, Francis Kere and Serpentine Galleries chief executive Yana Peel stands in front of Kere’s gallery design (PA)

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”.

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The gallery design by Francis Kere during the press view of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2017 (PA)

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

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

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