Goldman Sachs Sponsors Serpentine Pavilion 2017
Goldman Sachs is proud to sponsor the Serpentine Pavilion for a third year running, designed this year by award winning architect, Francis Kéré. Diébédo Francis Kéré is the principal architect at Kéré Architecture based in Berlin, founded in 2005. Kéré was born in 1965 in Gando, Burkina Faso, west Africa and trained at the Technical University of Berlin.
German-trained architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, from the town of Gando in Burkina Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, responding to the brief with a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.
The Serpentine Pavilion is an iconic annual architectural commission in London’s Kensington Gardens. Conceived in 2000 by Serpentine Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, the pavilion has become an international site for architectural experimentation and has presented projects by some of the world’s greatest architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei in 2012, Frank Gehry in 2008 and Zaha Hadid, who designed the inaugural Pavilion in 2000. Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn for four months and the immediacy of the commission – taking a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a unique model worldwide.
Richard Gnodde, Vice Chairman of the Goldman Sacks Group Inc. and CEO of Goldman Sachs International, said: “We are delighted to support the Serpentine’s Summer Pavilion programme for a third year running. Francis Kéré’s design this year promises to celebrate the diversity, vibrancy and collaborative potential of communities, something we value deeply at Goldman Sachs.”
Kéré’s design follows Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), whose ‘unzipped wall’ structure was visited by more than 250,000 people in 2016, making it one of the most visited Pavilions to date.
The Serpentine Pavilion runs from 23 June 2017 – 8 October 2017.
For more information on the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion and our support, please view the Serpentine Gallery website.
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