One of 2017’s ephemeral architectural darlings is making the move to permanence. The lovely tree-inspired temporary pavilion designed by Berlin-based architect Francis Kéré for the Serpentine Galleries has found a new home in Malaysia.
A group of supporters and philanthropists donated money to help Kuala Lumpur’s Ilham Gallery acquire the structure. The pavilion’s exact final site has yet to be announced.
Kéré is known for creating simple, clean-lined, low-cost architecture that socially engages with the site and local community. He has built several education and health facilities across his home country of Burkina Faso.
Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion was installed over the summer in London’s Kensington Gardens. It was inspired by the shape of baobab trees which have fat trunks and a flat canopy that provides natural shelter from rain and sun. Made of concrete, steel, polycarbonate, and timber, the pavilion is also a rainwater collection device capable of storing 9,000 liters of water.
The Serpentine Galleries commission a new temporary structure each year, and the eminently ‘grammable pop-up buildings typically have a short lifespan. It’s exciting to see Kéré’s contribution stick around and get exposure to a whole new audience.