You know summer is finally here when the Serpentine Pavilion is revealed. This year’s pop-up structure was the work of Francis Kéré, a German-trained, Burkina Faso-born architect who became the 17th architect to construct a temporary pavilion since the competition launched in 2000.
The structure’s blue-coloured free-standing timber walls curve into a circle around a courtyard, with a roof which boasts an irrigation system through an opening which will transport rainwater from the roof to the surrounding park in a “spectacular waterfall”.
Francis Kéré noted that “Every path and tree and even the Serpentine Lake were all carefully designed. I am fascinated by how this artificial landscape offered a new way for people in the city to experience nature. In Burkina Faso, I am accustomed to being confronted with climate and natural landscape as a harsh reality. For this reason I was interested in how my contribution to this royal park could not only enhance the visitor’s experience of nature but also provoke a new way for people to connect with each other.”
Francis Kéré’s design follows pavilions by a long list of famous architects and artists, among them Zaha Hadid, Ai Weiwei, David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels.
The Serpentine Pavilion will open to the public from Friday 23 June – 8 October.