Artist behind Serpentine temporary pavilion tried to ’embrace British climate’
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.
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”.
“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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