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Côte d'Ivoire: Modern Architecture Along Africa's Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is creating a new design language in West Africa. Located between Ghana and Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire is home to a range of modern architecture. Before colonization, the Ivory Coast was home to Gyaaman, the Kong Empire, and Baoulé, with ties that would shape its identity. Now, local architecture is rethinking past traditions to create a model for the future.

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Gymnasium, Blaise Pascal High School / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

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Villa Lepic Boutique Hotel / Paola Bagna

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  • Architects: Paola Bagna
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Appiani, Ceramica Vogue, Imola, Kohler, Anne Derian

Issa Diabaté on His Work Reshaping Urban Africa

In a video interview with BBC news, Issa Diabaté of Koffi- Diabaté Architects discusses the need for an improvement in the urban fabric of Africa, and specifically in the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, where he has been working for the past 20 years. “It’s not by building one house after the next that we will have an impact on the city…I feel that the architects of tomorrow, especially in African cities, need to become developers, to actually imprint his or her vision on the city,” he says in the video. “There are no better ways of integrating issues of sustainability or issues of density than by doing it yourself.”

Watch the video after the break. 

Ebrah Pavillion / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

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Assinie-Mafia, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Architects: Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  834
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2007

The Assinie-Mafia Church / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

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Assinie-Mafia, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Architects: Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  607
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Bambou Pavillion / Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

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Assinie-Mafia, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Architects: Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  160
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

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