Berlin-based Burkinabé architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has designed a wooden pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. In addition to the pavilion, the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation will also support Kéré's work to build an environmentally sustainable secondary school in Burkina Faso called Naaba Belem Goumma. Kéré designed the project in the Beartooth Mountains so visitors can experience a "rain of light" as sunlight filters through a structure of vertically stacked logs. The 1,900 sq ft wooden pavilion was designed to reimagine Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion in London last year. The structure will be created in collaboration with the Montana-based architect Laura Viklund of Gunnstock Timber Frames and host poetry readings, classical recitals and other programs. It will be made as a gathering place for contemplation from Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine, two types of local timber.
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