Inspired by a tree and and made of wood this year’s Serpentine Pavilion has many elements that relate to African architect Francis Kéré‘s home, Burkina Faso. From an ecological point of view the shelter has all the hallmarks of Kéré‘s earliest work, a primary school made by the villagers of Gando, light and airy thanks to a “flying roof” and close to the shade cast by a tree.
He may have created buildings all over the world, but Francis has never lost the lessons he learned back in Burkina Faso. Rain is collected from the Serpentine Pavilion roof and funneled through a channel. It is then collected and can be used to water the plants and bushes in Kensington Gardens.
Any bets on indigo blue being the fashionable colour next season?