In an exclusive Dezeen movie, Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how the colour of his Serpentine Pavilion and the way it lights up at night reference his childhood in Burkina Faso.
Kéré’s oval-shaped structure features a courtyard enclosed by curving walls made from stacked wooden blocks, sheltered by a large, slatted timber roof. The form of the canopy is informed by a tree in the village of Gando in Burkina Faso, where Kéré grew up.
“The pavilion that I was commission to do is inspired by a tree,” he explains in the movie, which Dezeen filmed at the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 press preview in London yesterday. The slatted timber roof is lined with translucent panels of polycarbonate, to keep the rain off visitors while allowing light to filter through.
The funnel-shape of the canopy is intended to direct rainwater into a well in the centre of the pavilion, which will then be dispersed underground to the surrounding park. The wooden blocks that form the walls of the pavilion are a deep shade of indigo blue, which Kéré says has special significance for him.
Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion will be open to the public from 23 June to 8 October 2017. Until then, it is possible to explore the pavilion using our drone footage and 360-degree movie.
Design: Diébédo Francis Kéré
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