Francis Kéré designs pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center

Francis Kéré to design Tippet Rise pavilion- Interior View Of The Pavilion
Francis Kéré has designed a new permanent pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Centre in Montana.
(Image credit: Kéré Architecture)

The creator of last year’s Serpentine Pavilion, architect Francis Kéré has been commissioned to create a permanent pavilion in the 10,260-acre grounds of The Tippet Rise Art Center.

The structure, which is scheduled to open to the public in the summer of 2019, has been conceived as an ‘elevated gathering place’, says the architect. The site, which offers long views of Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, was the ideal location for a space that fuses art, nature and architecture, and Kéré’s pavilion does just that.

The wooden pavilion will span 1,900 sq ft and sit among aspen and cottonwood trees by a stream. The structure forms part of the architect’s ongoing investigations on canopies, following up on the 2015 structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen and the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London; and it will be built in local materials. Light and shadow will play a key role in the design’s calming and tactile environment.

‘Standing on the high meadow of Tippet Rise Art Center, looking out at the mountains under a vast sky, people can face nature at its widest scale’, says Kéré. ‘But with this pavilion, Tippet Rise offers a more intimate experience of its landscape within a quiet shelter, where people can access the most secret part of nature: the heart of the trees. I am honored that Peter and Cathy Halstead have invited me to contribute to their magnificent Art Center, and I am deeply grateful for their generosity in linking the creation of this pavilion to the construction of a new school in my home of Burkina Faso.’

In parallel to this commission, the Tippet Rise Fund has announced that it will support the construction of a new school building in Kéré’s native Burkina Faso, which will also complete in 2019.

Francis Kéré to design Tippet Rise Art Centre pavilion- Exterior view of the pavilion

The pavilion will be made out of local timber and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

(Image credit: Kéré Architecture)

Francis Kéré to design Tippet Rise Art Centre permanent pavilion- model of the pavilion

The architect envisioned the piece as a space for gatherings

(Image credit: Kéré Architecture)

Architect Francis Kéré to design Tippet Rise Art Centre permanent pavilion-Circular Aerial Bridge View

The structure will offer striking views of Montana’s Beartooth Mountains.

(Image credit: Kéré Architecture)

Tippet Rise Art Centre permanent pavilion by Francis Kéré- Sketch

Laura Viklund Gunn of Gunnstock Timber Frames will collaborate with Kéré as the local project architect.

(Image credit: Kéré Architecture)


For more information visit the website of Francis Kere 

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).