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Sarbalé Ke Pavilion / Kéré Architecture

  • 19:00 - 23 April, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
Sarbalé Ke Pavilion / Kéré Architecture
Sarbalé Ke Pavilion / Kéré Architecture , © Iwan Baan
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  • Contributors

    N’Faly Ismaël Camara, Olani Ewunnet Kéré Architecture
  • Project Management

    Johanna Lehmann (Kéré Architecture), Raffi Lehrer (Goldenvoice)
  • Client

    Goldenvoice
  • Construction

    Goldenvoice
  • Structural Engineer

    Kyle Morris
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Text description provided by the architects. Sarbalé Ke, “the House of Celebration” in Moore, a language spoken in parts of Burkina Faso, is a vibrant installation created for the art program of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Inspired by the Burkinabè baobab tree, Sarbalé Ke explores its inner world. As the tree grows, its inside hollows and skylights develop throughout the central trunk. It is deeply valued as a community landmark and revered for its medicinal and nutritional uses.

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Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Continuing Francis Kéré’s exploration of the theme Village, the installation features 12 baobab tow-ers, reflecting on the material, texture and spatial layout of the architecture in his birthplace, Gando, Burkina Faso. At the installation’s center, the tallest baobab reaches a height of 19 meters, followed by one of 18 meters, then 17 meters. These three adjoin, forming Sarbalé Ke’s largest gathering space. Here, at the heart of the village, the baobab towers create space for visitors to flow through the trunks from all directions. This gives way to a light-filled, naturally ventilated and shaded interior, both evoking the wonder of daylight in the heart of a baobab while responding to the immediate need for shade in Coachella’s sweltering spring climate. At the same time, the layering of the various tower legs creates a forest of warm and cool shades for visitors to explore.

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This trinity of the tallest baobab towers is surrounded by another set of three, rotating clockwise from the installation’s center. Around the installation’s periphery, another set of six smaller towers provide more intimate gathering spaces. During the day, their radial design will allow rays of light to enter the structure. As the sun sets, the baobab towers are illuminated from within, functioning as a light source and landmark that brightens the festival grounds through the night.

Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Typical of the work of Francis Kéré, the materials were selected with considerations for affordability and local availability. Steel serves as the primary structural element for each baobab tower. Triangular wooden panels are held in matte blues, oranges, reds, and pinks; as the sun hits the towers exterior surfaces, the installation communicates with its surroundings by adopting a new collection of shadows and highlights, a reference to the symbiotic color palette of Coachella’s sunrises and sunsets with the nearby mountain range. Following the festival, Sarbalé Ke will be moved to its permanent location in the East Valley of Coachella, where it will serve as a public gathering pavilion.

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Cite: "Sarbalé Ke Pavilion / Kéré Architecture " 23 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/915674/sarbale-ke-the-house-of-celebration-pavilion-kere-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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2019Coachella 音乐节装置‘Sarbalé Ke’,以猴面包树为设计原型 / Kéré Architecture

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