The Serpentine Galleries have announced that the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), an African architect based between Berlin, Germany, and his home town of Gando in Burkino Faso. The design for the proposal, which will be built this summer in London's Kensington Gardens, comprises an expansive roof supported by a steel frame, mimicking the canopy of a tree. According to Kéré, the design for the roof stems from a tree that serves as the central meeting point for life in Gando. In line with the criteria for the selection of the Serpentine Pavilion architect Kéré has yet to have realised a permanent building in England. According to the Serpentine Galleries: "When the sun in shining, visitors will be able to find shade underneath the canopy, or sit and bask in the courtyard that surrounds it. But on wet days, rainwater will drain down through an oculus in the pavilion's roof structure, creating a 'spectacular waterfall effect', before escaping down into a drainage system hidden beneath the ground. The structure will also take on a different character by night, when its wooden walls become a source of illumination."
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