Francis Kere

Kéré Architecture (Berlin), Burkina Faso

Kéré Architecture is a Berlin-based architecture firm with an affiliate in Burkina Faso. Founded in 2005 by Diébédo Francis Kéré, their focus is to innovate architecture through the use of local and sustainable building materials with community participation in planning and construction. In collaboration with various funders and organisations they also strive to support the educational, cultural, and sustainable needs of communities in Burkina Faso and around the world.

Gando Primary School
Gando, Burkina Faso
Completion Date: 2001

This project, designed in 1999 was Kéré’s first building, it was completed in 2001 while Kéré was still studying and received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Sustainable and socially responsible, this project was based on the principles of designing for climatic comfort. Utilising low-cost construction and local materials, the project adapted technology from the industrialised world in a simple way. This project was conceived as a standard model which could be replicated within the community and could raise awareness of the merits of traditional materials

The follow-up project in Gando, the Secondary school with passive ventilation system, received the Holcim Awards Gold 2011 for Africa Middle East, and also the Global Holcim Awards Gold 2012.

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Surgical Clinic
Léo, Burkina Faso
Completion Date: 2014

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National Park of Mali
Bamako, Mali
Completion Date: 2010

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Opera Village
Laongo, Burkina Faso
Completion Date: Ongoing

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Website: www.kere-architecture.com