Diébédo Francis Kéré has been commissioned to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.
Kéré, who leads the Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary pavilion in its grounds in London.
His installation for this project, which takes inspiration from the tree that served as a central meeting point in his home town of Gando, Burkino Faso, seeks to connect visitors with one another, and nature.
Mimicking the tree, his design will feature an expansive wooden roof supported by a central steel framework.
It will take into consideration the British weather and will allow air to circulate freely while offering shelter from the London rain and summer heat.
The installation will open to the public on June 23.