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New summer pavilion for Serpentine revealed

Burkina Faso architect Diébédo Francis Kéré designed this year's structure

21 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s design for the Serpentine pavilion 

A STRIKING new pavilion is to be erected beside the Serpentine Gallery designed by an emerging architect from Burkina Faso.

Since the year 2000 a new temporary pavilion has been set up next to the gallery for the summer months. The initiative gives architects the chance to build their first structure in England and has given a platform to architects including Zaha Hadid, who went on to become the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

This year’s pavilion is designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Burkina Faso, now based in Berlin, Germany. He was the first child in his home village of Gando to be sent to school.

Events and talks will be held inside the pavilion

The design will be made up of four curved blue walls and a overhanging roof canopy. There will also be a hole in the middle, which will funnel rainwater through the centre of the building. As well as being an exhibit in itself, the pavilion will host a series of events and talks.

Westminster Council’s planning chief, Councillor Richard Beddoe, said: “Emerging architect Diébédo Francis Kéré’s striking design will be a fine addition to the London art scene in the coming months with a unique canopy and a distinct African influence. We look forward to seeing the latest pavilion, long may this popular scheme continue.”

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