Serpentine Pavilion // Francis Kéré // 2017
Each summer (from 2000-2017) the Serpentine Gallery commissions an artist or architect to create a pavilion. Former designers have included Ai Weiwei, Frank Ghery, Sou Fujimoto and Jean Nouvel. The 2017 pavilion was built by Francis Kéré. Resembling a tree with a trunk-like structure in center, the 300 square meter pavilion allowed for a sitting area, a cafe and a place for educational events.
Every year in Hyde Park an artist is chosen to create the Serpentine Pavilion. This year Danish architect Bjarke Ingels was up to the challenge. Made out of concrete, this airy pavilion doesn’t appear heavy. Visitors are encouraged to walk inside and take a seat. The stacked right rectangular prisms are open on the sides allowing light to pass through. Sitting in the pavilion your shadow creates a dramatic yet playful natural lighting scheme.