Serpentine Pavilion 2017 designed by award-winning architect Francis Kéré

23 June - 8 October 2017 | Serpentine Gallery, London
Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - exterior

New Serpentine Pavilion seeks to connect visitors to nature

Berlin-based architect Francis Kéré has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017. The award-winning architect’s creation will be on display at Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens from 23 June to 8 October.

Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion 2017 stands out with a bold, innovative structure which brings a sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens. The Pavilion mimics a tree’s canopy with its expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, and seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and to each other.

Kéré is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on its grounds in Kensington Gardens. Since 2000, this annual commission has brought a range of renowned international architects to build his or her first structure in London.

Born in Burkina Faso, and trained at the Technical University of Berlin, Diébédo Francis Kéré is the principal architect at Kéré Architecture in Berlin. He has undertaken projects all over the globe and held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Accademia di Architettura di Mendriso in Switzerland.

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