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Francis Kéré receives first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

Standing the test of time

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition Middle East Africa goes to Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany, for “Secondary school with passive ventilation system,” a project that earned the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2012. The jury was impressed by its “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time.

In Middle East Africa, this accolade went to Francis Kéré from Kéré Architecture based in Berlin, Germany for his school building in Burkina Faso, which won the Global LafargeHolcim Award Gold in 2012. The jury was impressed by the project’s “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time.

A17_MEA_BBR_Kere01.JPGIn his motivating and candid keynote speech at the Awards ceremony in Nairobi, Francis Kéré affirmed that sustainable construction requires an attitude that goes well beyond design and makes a difference for future generations.

Local clay is mixed with aggregates and cement to cast walls on-site based on a two-piece formwork. The project provides more than just a testament to the potential of locally-sourced materials. Built by the community, the construction process is considered to be an important part of the transfer of knowledge, whereby locals acquire new building skills that can be reused and taught.

Last Updated: September 07, 2017
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