The 2017 Serpentine Pavilion by Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré

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London's Serpentine Gallery has unveiled the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré.

Located outside the gallery in Kensington Gardens, the indigo-blue structure is made from triangular sections of wood and features a latticed canopy which transforms into a beautiful flowing waterfall when it rains. The water will be collected and will be used to irrigate the park. Speaking about the design in a press conference this morning, Kéré said:

"In my culture blue is an important colour […] I wanted to present myself, my architecture, in blue – it is a great place, and if you have the chance to do something like I did here you come with your best colour, you show yourself from your best side. This is indigo blue […] I hope it will rain soon, and you will feel safe, protected by the structure. You will see the effect of a waterfall here in the middle of the pavilion."

The 17th annual Serpentine Pavilion will be open to the public from 23 June to 8 October 2017.

All photos: Iwan Baan courtesy of the Serpentine Gallery