A light filled public library in Burkina Faso by Kere Architecture

Public LIbrary in Gando by Kere Architecture

Public Library in Gando by Kere Architecture

A public library in Gando by Kere Architecture

Public Library in Gando by Kere Architecture

A public library in Gando by Kere Architecture

This public library is situated on a campus of public school buildings in Gando, a village in the west African country of Burkina Faso. The library, along with the surrounding school buildings, were designed by Kere Architecture, a firm led by Gando native, Diebedo Francis Kere. And although Kere no longer lives in Gando (he studied architecture in Germany, where is office is now located) he has completed a variety of projects across west Africa. One distinguishing feature of this library is the perforated concrete ceiling, formed by pouring the roof between clay pots carried to the site by villagers and cut onsite. The openings allow for the library to enjoy natural daylight and ventilation. Visitors of the library can also read outside of the library in the shade, created by a screen of eucalyptus wood.

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Alex Dent

August 8, 2012 / By

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