Architect Francis Kéré – a master of simplicity — Deutsche Welle Article and photos on Aga Khan Architecture award winner from Burkina Faso

Francis Kéré built a so-called opera village in his home country, Burkina Faso, for the late German theater director Christoph Schlingensief. His designs are striking in their simplicity and cultural depth.

With his first work, the elementary school in his home village of Gando, Kéré won the renowned Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004.

Exercise in keeping cool

With his first work, the elementary school in his home village of Gando, Kéré won the renowned Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. The pressed blocks of earth he used in the structure absorb heat and lower the temperature inside. The large roof made of steel and concrete provides shade and allows air to circulate between the roof and the ceiling.

The architecture museum of the Technical University in Munich is housed in the Pinakothek der Moderne.

A temple of architecture

The architecture museum of the Technical University in Munich is housed in the Pinakothek der Moderne. The differences between this building and Kéré’s designs couldn’t be more drastic. He is a master of simplicity. “Radically Simple,” an exhibition of his work, runs from November 17 2016 through February 26, 2017.

Francis Kéré seeks to combine the cultural influences of his home country, Burkina Faso, with his academic experience at the Technical University in Berlin

Kéré’s unique approach

Francis Kéré seeks to combine the cultural influences of his home country, Burkina Faso, with his academic experience at the Technical University in Berlin. The current exhibition at Munich’s Neue Pinakothek museum, “Radically Simple,” pays tribute to the 52-year-old’s extraordinary talent among today’s architects.

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