Updated 1655 GMT (0055 HKT) February 23, 2017
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(CNN)Created to resemble the canopy of a large tree, which Burkinabe townspeople gather under, these are the design plans for a new structure to be built in London’s Kensington Gardens this June.
“I want it to be a transparent space where people can climb to the top of the roof at anytime. A parliament that is a welcoming place,” says Kéré. “If people value it they will protect it rather than it be the first thing they burn down.”– Despite being based in Berlin, Kéré has designed several schools around his home country often pro bono or for little pay. Unlike their predecessors, which were made of concrete making it difficult for students to concentrate in the heat, Kéré’s schools are well ventilated and made with heat-absorbing earthen bricks.
Located in west of the capital in Burkina Faso’s third largest city, Koudougou, the Lycée Schorge high school was completed in 2016.– Wrapping around the Lycée Schorge to offer natural shading is a system of screens cut from fast-growing wood. “It can be 40 degrees in the summer [in Burkina Faso] which lasts eight months,” says Kéré.
Desert conditions within rural Burkina Faso is taken into account within the architect’s daring design with young trees planted as “a barrier against the Sahara winds.”– Envisioned by the late German theater and film director Christoph Schlingensief, the Opera Village’s aim is to redefine Burkina Faso as an epicenter for arts and performance wrapped around a green energy village with housing, classrooms, and medical facilities.
Schlingensief died in 2010, eight months after construction began. The Centre for Health Care and Social Promotion within the Opera Village opened in 2014 with a budget of 160,000 Euro built by volunteers of the German nonprofit GrünHelme (Green Helmets) as well as locals. Kéré undertook the project pro bono.– His first project, a primary school in his hometown of Gando, was built while still a student in Berlin. To fund it, Kéré created an association, Schulbausteine für Gando.
Frugally created on a budget of less than $30,000 it earned him the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 and further extensions to the school bagged the 2009 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.– Former president Barack Obama’s step-grandmother founded the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation in Kenya. This phased project funded by the foundation aims to build an early childhood center, elementary, high school, vocational training facility and eventually a hospital all within a single campus in Kogelo, (the birthplace of Obama’s father). It’s currently in planning stages.
The architect has more sustainable buildings planned, in Kenya, Sudan, and Mozambique. The first, an educational facility in Gulu, Uganda will house more than a 1,000 students covering 20 hectares of land.