Aecom will again provide the engineering and technical services for the design of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion.
The architect behind the design is Diébédo Francis Kéré, of Berlin-based practice Kéré Architecture. Kéré won the competition which invites an international architects to bid to build their first structure in London. The Pavilion is now a major tourist attraction.
The inspiration for the structure is a tree, which is a meeting point in Kéré’s home town in Burkina Faso. The roof is supported by a central steel framework which has been designed to mimic a tree’s canopy.
Source: © Kéré Architecture
Intelligent Engineering chief executive David Glover, who was the competition’s technical advisor, said: “The Serpentine Pavilion is about the opportunity of using everyday materials and techniques in innovative and creative ways that challenge our perception of architecture. Francis Kéré and his team have achieved this by creating a pavilion that, through the use of colour and form, will continually morph under the influence of light, shadow, its users and the surrounding park to surprise and delight the visitor.”
Last year the ‘unzipped wall’ structure by Bjarke Ingels Group was visited by more than 250,000 people. This design was also engineered by Aecom.