Serpentine Pavilion - A New Story
Every year, a beautiful new story emerges in London's Hyde Park next to the Serpentine Galleries. Each year, a temporary pavilion is thought-out, designed, built and displayed by a famous international architect. While this annual event has seen architectural jewels from the likes of starchitects such as Bjarke Ingels (BIG), Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito, Peter Zumthor, Jean Nouvel and many others, the different little structures continue to amaze and attract more and more passersby each year (myself included obviously).
This year's pavilion is signed by Diébédo Francis Kéré, an award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, established in Berlin. Kéré is the 17th architect to take up this challenge since its conception in 2000 when the late famous architect Zaha Hadid built the very first Serpentine Pavilion.
INSPIRED BY NATURE
As all good things are, the Serpentine Pavilion too is inspired by nature or to be more exact, by a tree. In Kéré's culture, the tree represents more than just Mother Nature; it is also a meeting point for anybody who seeks to connect with the community and with life in general.
The building is not very big in its size but does come with a rather impressive roof, which is supported by steel frameworks that reside in the centre of the pavilion. These metal columns resemble a tree’s canopy and it allows the surrounding air to move freely throughout the structure (natural ventilation). For more details, have a look here.
"In Burkina Faso, the tree is a place where people gather together, where everyday activities play out under the shade of its branches. My design for the Serpentine Pavilion has a great over-hanging roof canopy made of steel and a transparent skin covering the structure, which allows sunlight to enter the space while also protecting it from the rain.
Wooden shading elements line the underside of the roof to create a dynamic shadow effect on the interior spaces. This combination of features promotes a sense of freedom and community; like the shade of the tree branches, the Pavilion becomes a place where people can gather and share their daily experiences." - Diébédo Francis Kéré
I believe this description catches the very essence of the pavilion. So from this point of view, the architect truly brought his vision to life. I've walked inside - out and around the structure and it really feels as a space that can not only bring people together but also help them connect one with another.
Also, this beautiful pavilion lights up at night, and whilst I wasn't around for that, I believe it adds to the visual experience!
"A beautiful experience" is how I would describe this year's Serpentine Pavilion. It's something worth seeing on a sunny day, as well on a rainy day. Regardless of the time you go to see it, it's important that you do (especially if you are an architect/designer/engineer enthusiast)!
Have you been there already? Did you see it at night when it's all lit up? If you have, please do share some images with me, I would love to see what it looks like during the evening! Let me know below in comments or on our Facebook Page (even on Instagram if it's easier for you - just tap @detailmovement and share your thoughts). Cannot wait!
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