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Diébédo Francis Kéré awarded 2023 Praemium Imperiale for structure

Burkinabè architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has been named the 2023 structure laureate for the Praemium Imperiale awards by the Japan Artwork Affiliation.

Praemium Imperiale is an annual award programme that celebrates creatives throughout the fields of structure, music, sculpture, portray and theatre or movie.

Kéré, who leads the Berlin structure studio Kéré Structure, has been chosen as this yr’s recipient of the Praemium Imperiale structure prize.

Photo of Diébédo Francis Kéré
Diébédo Francis Kéré is the structure laureate for the 2023 Praemium Imperiale awards

Kéré has accomplished quite a few tasks throughout Africa, together with within the Republic of Benin, Togo, Kenya, Mozambique, Mali, Sudan and his residence nation Burkina Faso.

He was praised by Praemium Imperiale for his buildings that “utilise the talents and energies of the local people” and for “using conventional constructing supplies and marrying them with trendy design”.

“By combining native supplies and abilities with revolutionary design and good engineering options, whereas sustaining a concentrate on working with native communities, Diébédo Francis Kéré has reworked structure not solely in Burkina Faso but additionally throughout Africa and past,” learn the jury quotation.

Render of Benin National Assembly by Kéré Architecture
Kéré is greatest identified for his quite a few tasks throughout Africa

“Kéré’s designs weave collectively components of conventional African design, with trendy structure, as revealed within the colors of Coachella’s Sarbalé Ke, the wood patterns of Xylem at Tippet’s Rise, USA, and his fixed referencing of bushes,” the quotation continues.

Born in 1965, Kéré educated as a carpenter in Burkina Faso earlier than being awarded a scholarship for an apprenticeship in growth assist from the Carl Duisberg Society.

Photo of Gando Primary School by Kéré Architecture
Considered one of his earliest tasks was Gando Main College. Picture is by Siméon Duchoud

After finishing his apprenticeship, Kéré went on to check structure in Germany on the Technical College of Berlin the place he graduated in 2004.

Kéré’s portfolio focuses predominantly on social initiatives for marginalised communities, dominated by tasks akin to faculties and neighborhood buildings. These embrace Lycée Schorge Secondary College and the Kamwokya Neighborhood Centre in Kampala.

Considered one of his earliest buildings was Gando Main College in his residence village, which he started designing whereas at college. In a video interview, he informed Dezeen the varsity was “not a standard African constructing”.

Different latest tasks by Kéré embrace the Startup Lions Campus in Kenya, which is fashioned of a cluster of brick buildings, and the Senegal headquarters for the non-profit Goethe-Institut.

Photo of a building designed by Diébédo Francis Kéré
Lycée Schorge Secondary College was designed by Kéré in 2017. Picture is by Iwan Baan

In 2017 he created a tree-inspired Serpentine Pavilion, earlier than making a pavilion on the Tippet Rise Artwork Heart in Montana from lifeless bushes in 2019. His studio’s present tasks embrace Burkina Faso’s new parliament constructing in addition to the Nationwide Meeting of Benin.

The Praemium Imperiale awards are offered yearly by Japan’s imperial household. Every laureate receives 15 million Yen, which is equal to £90,000.

Final yr’s winner of the structure award was Japanese studio SANAA. Earlier winners of the structure award embrace the likes of Zaha Hadid, Glenn Murcutt, Frank Gehry and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Diébédo Francis Kéré Serpentine Pavilion 2017
Kéré designed the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion. Picture is by Ste Murray

Different winners of this yr’s Praemium Imperiale awards embrace Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson for sculpture, American artist Vija Celmins for portray, American musician Wynton Marsalis for music and American director Robert Wilson for theatre and movie.

Structure studio Rural Studio, which is led by British architect Andrew Freear at Auburn College in Alabama, was additionally awarded the Grant for Younger Artists who will obtain 5 million Yen, an equal of £30,000.

Kéré was additionally not too long ago awarded the 2022 Pritzker Structure Prize, turning into the primary African architect to win the distinguished award. Following the information, Dezeen highlighted ten of Kéré’s key tasks.

The images is courtesy of The Japan Artwork Affiliation/The Sankei Shimbun, until said in any other case.


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