Diébédo Francis Kéré

Featured Image Source: Schulbausteine, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Francis_K%C3%A9r%C3%A9.jpg

Diébédo Francis Kéré is one of the most influential Africa architecture in modern history. He has created some of the greatest buildings in Africa and is helping to shape modern African Architecture and the urban landscape.

Diébédo Francis Kéré was born in Burkina Faso in the small village of Gando in 1965. He currently has his own firm based out of Berlin, Germany. With his firm Kere Architects, he has been able to create many stunning and interesting projects for the African continent.

Here some of his work!

National Park of Mali

Source: Iwan Baan, Under Citation, http://www.archidatum.com/projects/national-park-of-mali-kere-architecture/

The park needed a facelift and Kere’s firm used natural stone walls and conjugated roofs to create neutral buildings that could fit seamlessly into the parks fabric. The park is located in the city of Bamako. The firm was asked to create new entrances, restaurant, a sports centre. The project unified the already existing botanical building and the national museum.

Primary school in Gando

Source: Schulbausteine, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Primary_School_Gando.jpg
Source: GandoIT, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kere_library_gando.jpg

Using simple materials like clay bricks, a widely available and cheap material in the Gando area. Clay was used not only because it was readily available but it could also help to keep the building cool in the hot dry season. This project also won the Aga Khan award for architecture in 2004. He also designed other buildings for his hometown like residents.

Source: Francis Kéré Architecture, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kere_operndorf_3.jpg

Centre for Earth Architecture

Source: GandoIT, Under Creative Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kere_centre_earth_architecture_mopti.JPG
Iwan Baan, Under Citation, http://www.archdaily.com/167094/centre-for-earth-architecture-kere-architecture

The Centre for Earth Architecture built in the city of Mopti in Mali was designed by Kere’s firm and was completed in 2010. Built out of bricks, including the brick arches that make up park of the roof. It reminds me a lot of Sankt Petri Kyrka designed by Sigurd Lewerentz in 1966.

Serpentine Pavilion, 2017

Source: Francis Kéré Architecture, Under Citation, https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/21/diebedo-francis-kere-architect-tree-inspired-serpentine-pavilion-2017/
Source: Francis Kéré Architecture, Under Citation, https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/21/diebedo-francis-kere-architect-tree-inspired-serpentine-pavilion-2017/

He has also recently unveiled his design for the Serpentine Pavilion which will stand in London’s Kensington Gardens for the upcoming summer. The Pavilion was designed to mimic a tree the roof made from wood branches out over the pavilion.

He’s also done a wonderful Ted talk and a short documentary called Architecture is a Wake-Up Call, which are insightful and interesting.

He has helped to put African Architecture and talent on the world stage, his simple but expressive architecture elevates the building’s environment.


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