Kéré‘s structure is enclosed by curved walls made up of stacked wooden blocks and a slatted-timber canopy with an opening above a small courtyard.
The form of the roof is inspired by a tree in Kéré’s home village in Burkina Faso, which is used as a gathering place.
Lined with polycarbonate, the canopy is designed to act as a giant funnel when it rains, directing water into an oval well in the centre of the pavilion.
Dezeen published a 360-degree video of the pavilion via our Facebook channel earlier today, making it possible to experience the structure before it opens to the public on 23 June 2017.
We also published photographer Jim Stephenson’s shots of the 2017 pavilion, which is erected each summer outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens.
Since 2000, the gallery has commissioned a different architect to create its annual pavilion, offering them the chance to create their first built structure in England.
Kéré is the 17th architect to take on the annual commission. Previous pavilions have been designed by Peter Zumthor, Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron and Sou Fujimoto. Last year Bjarke Ingels designed an “unzipped wall” for his commission.
Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion will be open to the public from 23 June to 8 October 2017.
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