Francis Kérés Serpentine

Fence and Cup


This year’s summer pavilion of the Serpentine Gallery has just opened to the public, to little surprise with respect to the computer rendering that was presented a few months ago by its author, the Burkina Faso-born Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. It is a wooden pergola that seems to float over the floor, stretching – in a metaphorical allusion to tree tops – above a fence of indigo pieces that delimits a space of friendly scale. Its simplicity and its sense of civic purpose strike a contrast with the frivolous sophistication that tends to characterize the Serpentine’s yearly installations in London’s Hyde Park.

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