Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Serpentine Pavilion

I really enjoyed seeing this years' Serpentine Pavilion structure by Diébédo Francis Kéré. It is the 17th of the Serpentine Gallery pavilion commissions, and was inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point of life in Kéré's hometown of Gando, Burkino Faso. The pavilion is a lovely design, and perfectly reflects its inspiration - a tree, with its protective canopy, providing shelter from both sun and rain, whilst allowing cooling breezes to circulate. It also reflects the many real trees that surround the structure in its temporary Kensington Gardens home. The structure is made with a metal framework at its core, and a roof of wooden slats that fan out saucer-like. Deep blue wooden triangular ziggurats provide a decorative patterned wall to enclose the structure.

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Serpentine Pavilion 2017
until 8th October
Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens