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CLAD news I believe that architecture has the power to surprise, unite, and inspire all while mediating important aspects such as community, ecology and economy

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins 2017 Serpentine Pavilion commission with responsive tree-inspired design freely while offering shelter against

award-winning architect

London rain and summer heat.

from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design

There will be four separate entry points, with an open air courtyard

London’s Serpentine Pavilion 2017.

in the centre allowing visitors to

The programme, which began

sit and relax during sunny days.

in 2000, sees an architect who

In the case of rain, an oculus will

has never built in the UK create

funnel any water that collects on

a temporary summer pavilion in

the roof into a waterfall effect.

London’s Kensington Gardens. The founder of Berlin-based



iébédo Francis Kéré, the

Diébédo Francis Kéré

“As an architect, it is an honour to work in such a grand park,

practice Kéré Architecture has been

especially knowing the long

inspired by the tree that serves as a

history of how the gardens evolved

central meeting point for life in his

and changed into what we see

hometown of Gando. An expansive

today," said Kéré. “I am fascinated

roof, supported by a central steel

by how this artificial landscape

framework, will mimic a tree’s

offered a new way for people in

canopy, allowing air to circulate

the city to experience nature."

We’re excited by the brief of designing a cultural heart for the city – a space of public engagement that will spark creativity and discussion, and that will act as a theatre for ideas

Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten revealed as designers of Melbourne’s next MPavilion

Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten


An oculus will funnel rainwater collected on the roof

rchitects Rem Koolhaas

we look forward to contributing

and David Gianotten of

to the architectural legacy it has

international studio OMA

engendered,” said Koolhaas and

have been announced as the

Gianotten in a statement. “We’re

high-profile designers of the 2017

excited by the brief of designing a

MPavilion in Melbourne, Australia.

cultural heart for the city – a space

The duo will work together to

of public engagement that will

create the temporary landmark

spark creativity and discussion, and

and events hub, located in Queen Victoria Gardens, which

that will act as a theatre for ideas.” David Gianotten

will host a free, four-month

Milgrom said: “Rem Koolhaas is

programme of talks, workshops,

in 1975, was described by pavilion

one of the world’s most provocative

performances and installations.

organiser the Naomi Milgrom

and influential architects.

The MPavilion project

Foundation, as “a creator of

began in 2014. The previous

modern architectural icons.”

cultural landscape as an urban

Despite their international

thinker, together with OMA’s

profile, this will mark the practice’s

multi-disciplinary approach to

first-ever completed Australian

architecture, reflects MPavilion’s

architectural commission.

desire to inspire debate about

designers selected are Studio Mumbai (2016), AL_A (2015) and Sean Godsell Architects (2014). Rem Koolhaas


Foundation chair Naomi

OMA, which was founded by Koolhaas

“MPavilion is now a project of international significance and

“His contribution to the

the role of design in building equitable and creative cities.”

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