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Kéré Architecture Designs Sceneography for Exhibition on Racism

14:00 - 10 June, 2018
Kéré Architecture Designs Sceneography for Exhibition on Racism, © Andrea Maretto
© Andrea Maretto

Kéré Architecture has recently completed the scenography for “Racism. The Invention of Human Races,” an exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden. The atmospheres within each of the three spaces are unique yet harmonious, aiming to connect “the rooms’ architecture with the rooms’ theme.” Using a variety of high-quality materials and engaging structures, the journey hopes to show a conflict between people’s desires for stability and the organic need for social transformation, emphasizing the charm of the temporary and importance of conversation.

© Andrea Maretto Courtesy of Kéré Architecture © Andrea Maretto © Andrea Maretto + 23

Francis Kéré to Design New Pine Log Pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center

14:00 - 17 May, 2018
Francis Kéré to Design New Pine Log Pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center, Interior view of Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Interior view of Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Tippet Rise Art Center has announced the commissioning of architect Francis Kéré to design a 1,900-square-foot pavilion for the center’s 10,000-acre grounds in Montana, USA. Envisioned as a “communal gathering space nestled among a cluster of aspen and cottonwood trees,” new renderings by Kéré Architecture depict the scheme featuring a locally-sourced log canopy.

The scheme can be read as an evolution of Kéré’s canopy structures designed for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen, and his 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London.

Model of the Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Exterior view of the Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Circular aerial bridge that is part of the Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Sketch by Francis Kéré of the Pavilion that he is designing at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture + 7

Lycee Schorge Secondary School / Kéré Architecture

03:00 - 20 December, 2017
Lycee Schorge Secondary School / Kéré Architecture , © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan + 40

  • Architects

  • Location

    Koudougou, Burkina Faso
  • Client

    Stern Stewart Institute & Friends
  • Area

    1660.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Pavilion To be Moved to Permanent Home in Malaysia

14:00 - 18 December, 2017
Francis Kéré’s  2017 Serpentine Pavilion To be Moved to Permanent Home in Malaysia, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

A month after its critically-lauded run came to a close, Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion has found a permanent home halfway across the globe.

As reported by the Star, the structure has been purchased by Kuala Lumpur-based Ilham Gallery, who are now searching for a permanent site of the pavilion in Malaysia.

Diébedo Francis Kéré Awarded Prince Claus Laureate Award for 2017

06:00 - 11 September, 2017
Diébedo Francis Kéré Awarded Prince Claus Laureate Award for 2017, Primary School in Gando. Image © Erik Jan Owerkerk
Primary School in Gando. Image © Erik Jan Owerkerk

Architect Diébedo Francis Kéré was named Prince Claus Laureate for 2017, highlighting the cultural value and importance of beautiful, sustainable and empowering architecture. 

Kéré received the award for his “design and construction of buildings of great beauty that meet people’s needs; …for honoring people’s pride in their cultural traditions and techniques, …for inventively combining relevant factors from two different knowledge systems to achieve practical solutions of global relevance and creating an exchange of ideas between Africa and Europe; …and for his ethical commitment to creating inspiring architecture that improves living conditions and uplifts communities...”

The Serpentine Pavilion. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Primary School in Gando. Image © Siméon Duchoud Tim Tiebout. Image Courtesy of PMA Courtesy of Kéré Architecture + 9

Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

11:25 - 16 August, 2017
Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist projects in the running for the 2017 edition of their prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. Now in its tenth year, the award was established to “celebrate design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”  

This year, a total of 62 projects have been nominated across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – including 13 projects from the Architecture category. A winner from each category and the overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners of the architecture category include: IKEA’s Better Shelter last year (also the overall winner), Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center in 2015, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Center (overall winner in 2014).

See all of the architecture nominees below.

Critics Laud Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Pavilion for Its Simplicity and Authenticity

09:30 - 4 July, 2017
Critics Laud Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Pavilion for Its Simplicity and Authenticity, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

London’s annual temporary architecture pavilion spectacular has returned. Each summer the Serpentine Pavilion program selects an accomplished architect who has yet to create work in the United Kingdom, and asks them to build a temporary shelter on the gallery's lawn. The resulting structure is erected in June and dismantled in October.

This year’s offering is designed by Francis Kéré—the first pavilion designed by an African Architect to grace Kensington Gardens. Kéré’s project is composed of a series of curving blue walls shaded by an elliptical cantilevering wood and steel canopy. Thus far the design has been universally lauded by critics; read on to find out why they thought the project was so appealing.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Iwan Baan © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 6

Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

12:00 - 23 June, 2017
Diébédo Francis Kéré's Serpentine Pavilion Photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Following the opening of the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion, designed this year by Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture), photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has turned his lens to London. Designed to mimic a tree, or a canopy of trees, the wooden structure has been designed to fuse cultural references from Kéré's home town of Gando in Burkino Faso with more "experimental" construction techniques. His ambition is that the pavilion becomes a social condenser – "a symbol of storytelling and togetherness."

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 41

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants

11:00 - 6 March, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants, James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the list of participants invited to contribute to the event’s second edition, which will be held from September 16 to January 7, 2018 in Chicago. More than 100 architecture firms and artists have been selected by 2017 artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee, to design exhibitions that will be displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout the city.

“Our goal for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is to continue to build on the themes and ideas presented in the first edition,” explained Johnston and Lee. “We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice.”

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

Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective

16:15 - 1 July, 2016
Francis Kéré Creates Installation from Brightly Colored Thread for First U.S. Retrospective, © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA
© Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA

Currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, Award-winning African architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has created Colorscape, a installation made from steel and brightly-colored fiber, to accompany his first solo show in the United States. The exhibition is titled The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building with Community, and features of a retrospective of the architect’s career that includes material artifacts, tools and scale-models created for stand-out projects in both Africa and Europe.

© Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA © Tim Tiebout. Courtesy of PMA + 23

Primary School in Gando Extension / Kéré Architecture

05:00 - 27 April, 2016
 Primary School in Gando Extension  / Kéré Architecture , © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk + 9

Gando Teacher's Housing / Kéré Architecture

09:00 - 25 April, 2016
Gando Teacher's Housing  / Kéré Architecture , © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk
© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk + 7

Primary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture

03:00 - 22 April, 2016
Primary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture, © Siméon Duchoud
© Siméon Duchoud

© Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk + 8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gando, Burkina Faso
  • Architect in Charge

    Diébédo Francis Kéré
  • Client

    Schulbausteine fuer Gando / Gando Village Community
  • Area

    310.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2001
  • Photographs

Courtyard Village / Kéré Architecture

11:00 - 19 April, 2016
© Giovanni Desandre
© Giovanni Desandre

© Giovanni Desandre © Piercarlo Quecchia © Giovanni Desandre Courtesy of Kéré Architecture + 18

5 Projects at the Chicago Biennial that Demonstrate the State of the Art of Sustainability

09:30 - 13 November, 2015
5 Projects at the Chicago Biennial that Demonstrate the State of the Art of Sustainability

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the theme selected by directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda was deliberately wide in scope, with the expectation that more than one hundred exhibitors would each bring their own perspective on what is “The State of the Art of Architecture.” But where does that leave one of architecture's most widely adopted missions of the 21st century: sustainability? In this article, originally published on her blog Architectstasy as “Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Sustainability,” Jessica A S Letaw delves into five projects that take on sustainability in the context of Chicago's biennial.

At North America's inaugural Architecture Biennial in Chicago, “The State of the Art of Architecture,” architectural firms and practices from all six inhabited continents have been invited to display their work. Spanning all sizes and kinds of projects, the Biennial is showcasing solutions to design problems from spiderwebs to social housing.

US buildings use around 40% of all the country’s energy consumption. It is a disconcerting truth that even if every new building starting construction tomorrow were to be net-zero energy and net-zero water, we’d still be on a crash course, draining more naturally-available resources than our one planet can permanently sustain. In this environment, architectural designers have a special responsibility to educate themselves about innovative sustainable design techniques, from those that have worked for thousands of years to those that, as the Biennial’s title hopefully suggests, are state of the art.

So what does the Biennial have to say about sustainability? Five projects on display demonstrate different approaches at five different scales: materials, buildings, resources, cities, and the globe.

Francis Kéré Designs Education Campus for Mama Sarah Obama Foundation in Kenya

14:15 - 28 September, 2015
Francis Kéré Designs Education Campus for Mama Sarah Obama Foundation in Kenya, © Kéré Architecture
© Kéré Architecture

Kéré Architecture has designed a $12 million "Legacy Campus" in Kenya for the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) - the foundation of the sole living grandparent of president Barack Obama whose mission is to feed and educate children and impoverished families. Planned for Kogelo, Kenya (the birthplace of President Barack Obama’s father), the phased plan is to build an early childhood development center, a primary and secondary school, a vocational training school and eventually a hospital all within a single campus.

"The goal of the project is to promote a sustainable approach to community-strengthening and education," says Kéré.

Kéré Architecture to Design Protective Shelter for Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan

06:00 - 14 August, 2015
Kéré Architecture to Design Protective Shelter for Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan, Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Rendered Interior View. Image Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Kéré Architecture has placed first in a competition to design a protective shelter on the UNESCO-protected Meroe Royal Baths in Sudan, North Africa. Believed to have served nearby palaces from the great African Kingdom of Kush (now modern-day Sudan), the Meroe Royal Baths were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and is the focus of joint research by the German Archaeological Institute and the National Corporation for Antiques and Museums. Still marked by temples, palaces and over two hundred pyramids, the ruins of Meroe are a testimony to the exchanges of culture between the Mediterranean and Africa. Find out more about the proposal after the break.