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Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion sold to gallery in Kuala Lumpur

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Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion 2017 has been sold to the Ilham Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Burkina Faso-born architect’s scheme, which was inspired by a tree and meeting place in his home town of Gando, will be transported from London to Malaysia early next year and installed in a public area of the gallery. 

In February this year, Kéré became the seventh international architect selected to build a temporary structure in London’s Kensington Gardens.

He was chosen for the prestigious annual commission last year following a contest judged by, among others, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye, making it the first time the Serpentine has invited architects to compete for the installation.

Previously the gallery has selected overseas architects to build their first structure in the UK. 

The architecture features a timber roof and walls supported by a steel structure, and a central oculus which funnels rainwater through the building to create a ‘spectacular waterfall’.

Kéré described his pavilion as a ‘responsive’ structure that ‘seeks to connect its visitors to nature and each other’.

Kéré, who runs Berlin-based Kéré Architecture, is best known for his award-winning primary school in Burkina Faso (see AR 01.10.09) and three years ago featured in the exhibition Sensing Spaces at London’s Royal Academy.

Previous architects to have designed the pavilion include Bjarke Ingel’s of BIG (2016) whose unzipped wall was later re-erected in Vancouver and Smiljan Radic, whose egg-like structure was bought by the Hauser & Wirth gallery and rebuilt in rural Somerset.

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