New Serpentine Pavilion 2017, Designed by Francis Kéré

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Francis Kéré
Design Team
Architect.- Francis Kéré. Project Architect.- Blake Villwock. Team.- Adriana Arteaga, Greta Nina Tescari, Andrea Maretto, Jaime Herraiz Martínez, Johanna Lehmann, Damien Greder, Valeria Molinari, Laura Bornet.
Project Directors
Artistic Director.- Hans Ulrich Obrist. CEO.- Yana Peel. Serpentine Galleries.
Project Curator
Curator.- Melissa Blanchflower. Curator.- Amira Gad. Assistant Curator.- Joseph Constable Serpentine Galleries.
Project Advisors
Chairman.- Michael Bloomberg. Serpentine Board of Trustees. Architect and Trustee.- David Adjaye. Architect.- Richard Rogers. CEO.- Andrew Scattergood. The Royal Parks. Head of Park Services.- Dennis Clarke. The Royal Parks. Parks Superintendent.- Andrew Williams. The Royal Parks. Westminster City Council District Surveyor’s Office (Building Control).- Hassan Lashkariani. Westminster City Council (Licensing Authority).- Jenny Wilson. Westminster City Council (Environmental Health Officer).- David Nevitt. Westminster City Council Planning Office. London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. London Region, English Heritage. Friends of Hyde Park.
Engineering and Technical Design
Technical consultant.- David Glover. Technical Advisors AECOM.- Jon Leach, Amy Koerbel, Michael Orr, Jack Wilshaw, Katja Leszczynska, Sam Saunders, Ulrich Groenewald. Town Planning Consultants DP9.- Barnaby Collins, Katie Smith, Georgina Redpath.
Stage One Creative Services Ltd.- Tiff Blakey, Ted Featonby, Tim Leigh, Mark Johnson, Steve Kearney.
Project Leader
Head of Construction and Buildings.- Julie Burnell Serpentine Galleries.
23 June - 8 October 2017
Overall site area.- 541 sqm. Gross internal area.- 162.5 sqm. Building footprint.-330 sqm.
Dimensions of Pavilion
The footprint of the Pavilion is defined by an oval-shaped ellipse. At the centre of the Pavilion roof is an oval opening where an inner drainage funnel evacuates water from the roof into a central courtyard. 24.1m.- Longitudinal dimension of Pavilion roof (in the perpendicular axis to the Gallery). 20.25m.- Widest dimension of the Pavilion roof 4.8m.- Maximum height of the Pavilion
4.7m.- Max internal ceiling height. 2.7m.- Min internal ceiling height. 2.4m.- lowest point of inner drainage funnel.
Structure and materials
The Pavilion consists of 4 modular timber walls and a steel truss roof structure with timber brise soleil (sun shade) ceiling panels and polycarbonate sheet weather protection. The wall system consists of 520 triangular modules made of stacked 75x200mm timber members of variable lengths. The steel roof structure consists of 2567 linear meters of 25x25mm and 40x25mm hollow square tube. The brise soleil ceiling consists of 420 panels made of 20x40mm timber members with 40mm centres. The Pavilion sits on a platform of poured concrete with drainage channels underneath all four walls and in the central courtyard. Four entrances provide direct routes from the interior to the exterior of the Pavilion. The café will be operated by K&K London Ltd.
Pavilion Programme
Radical Kitchen, a new series of lunchtime picnic talks, with community groups sharing food and ideas for building social change, will take place on eight Wednesdays in July and August. Park Nights, the Serpentine’s annual programme oftalks, screenings and performances conceived specially for the Pavilion, will take place on selected Friday evenings.

Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré (b.1965, in Gando, Burkina Faso, west Africa) trained at the Technical University of Berlin in Germany, started his Berlin based practice, Kéré Architecture, in 2005. Kéré Architecture has been recognised nationally and internationally with awards, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first building, a primary school in Gando, Burkina Faso; LOCUS Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2009); Global Holcim Award Gold (2011 and 2012); Green Planet Architects Award (2013); Schelling Architecture Foundation Award (2014); and the Kenneth Hudson Award –European Museum of the Year (2015).

Projects undertaken by Francis Kéré span countries, including Burkina Faso,Mali, China, Mozambique, Kenya, Togo, Sudan, Germany and Switzerland. He has taught internationally, including the Technical University of Berlin, and he has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Accademia di Architettura di Mendriso in Switzerland.

Kéré’s work has recently been the subject of solo exhibitions: Radically Simple at the Architecture Museum, Munich (2016) and The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2016). His work has also been selected for group exhibitions: Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010) and Sensing Spaces, Royal Academy, London (2014).

Among his main works are the Primary School (2001) and the Library (under construction) of Gando, Burkina Faso; the Health and Social Promotion Center (2014) and the Opera Village (under construction), both in Laongo, Burkina Faso; the Satellite of the Volksbühne Theater at the Tempelhof Airport, in Berlin (temporary installation, 2016); or the Pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery of the year 2017.




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