the serpentine gallery pavilion

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New Burkina Faso parliament building “responds to needs of the people” says Diébédo Francis Kéré

Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains how he is rebuilding his country’s National Assembly to be “more than just a simple parliament building”.

In 2014, the Burkina Faso parliament building was set ablaze during the country’s revolution, putting an end to 31 years of dictatorial rule. Kéré is now leading the scheme to build a new National Assembly on the site in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Talking to Dezeen at the Serpentine Gallery – where he has just completed this year’s pavilion – Kéré explained the ideas behind his giant ziggurat structure.

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United Visual Artists - Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion Intervention, London (2013)

As an event UVA transformed Sou Fujimoto’s summer pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery, bringing the cloud-like structure to life with an electrical storm. Their performative installation aims to make the architecture “breathe”, awakening a character and energy, seemingly from within. For this piece UVA reference their past works which, similar to Fujimoto’s, rely on geometric foundations and interests.