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Ouagadougou

In Wake of Revolution, Francis Kéré Envisions a Transparent New Architecture for the Burkina Faso Parliament Building

14:00 - 14 October, 2016
In Wake of Revolution, Francis Kéré Envisions a Transparent New Architecture for the Burkina Faso Parliament Building, Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

On October 30, 2014, as Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré was preparing to make an amendment to the country’s constitution that would eliminate presidential term limits and allow him to extend his 27 year rule, tens of thousands of Burkinabé citizens in the capital city of Ouagadougou broke through police lines to set fire to several government buildings, including city hall, the ruling party headquarters, and the National Assembly Building. The following day, Compaoré stepped down, ushering in a new era of democratic rule and resulting in the country’s first ever pluralistic and competitive Presidential election in 2015.

But the revolution left the former government complex in tatters and in need of a clear direction forward both culturally and architecturally. A former French colony, Burkina Faso is home to 19 million people, 50 different ethnicities and more than 60 languages. The country would require a new Parliament that could serve as a common ground for these diverse groups, while providing the technology and education necessary to create opportunities and a better quality of life for all Burkinabés.

To find this solution, last year, the new head of Parliament approached architect and Burkina Faso native Francis Kéré to develop a building and masterplan for the Assembly Building. The new building, in the architect’s words, would need to be one that could “not only address the core democratic values of transparency, openness and equality, but could also become a catalyst for growth and development for the capital city of Ouagadougou as a whole.”

Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Image of the capital city of Ouagadougou. Image © Francis Kéré + 19

Home Kisito / Albert Faus

05:00 - 31 August, 2016
Home Kisito / Albert Faus , © Giovanni Quattrocolo
© Giovanni Quattrocolo

© Albert Faus © Albert Faus © Albert Faus © Albert Faus + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Collaborators

    Ferran Grau, Miquel Feliu, Miquel Comadran, Octave Petit
  • Client

    Nasaras by Home KisitoArea Association
  • Area

    235.0 sqm
  • Year of project

    2015
  • Photographs

Center for Educational, Professional and Sports Integration / Albert Faus

02:00 - 27 May, 2015
Center for Educational, Professional and Sports Integration / Albert Faus, © Ibai Rigby
© Ibai Rigby

© Ibai Rigby Courtesy of Albert Faus Courtesy of Albert Faus Courtesy of Albert Faus + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Project Area

    145.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Women's Health Centre / FARE

00:00 - 5 November, 2008
Women's Health Centre / FARE

Women's Health Centre / FARE Women's Health Centre / FARE Women's Health Centre / FARE Women's Health Centre / FARE + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Project Architect

    Riccardo Vannucci
  • Project Team

    Giuseppina Forte, Joao Sobral, Erika Trabucco & Emanuela Valle
  • Site Supervision

    Erika Trabucco, Joao Sobral
  • Client

    AIDOS Voix des Femmes
  • Financial Promoters

    Partito dei Democratici di Sinistra, European Commission
  • Budget

    US $267,067
  • Site Area

    1,600 sqm
  • Area

    500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005