For the 2015 exhibition titled, AFRICA: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Kéré Architecture created the Louisiana Canopy. Common in African, as well as Nordic mythologies, the powerful symbol of the great tree,is used as a bridge between two seemingly contrasting cultures. Just like the canopy of a great tree, the design provides the most basic form of shelter from the elements while remaining open and accessible. The wooden terrain below the canopy provides informal seating where visitors can gather, reflect, and encounter each other in an intimate setting. The articulated ceiling structure is dramatized by a programmed high-intensity daylighting system that mimics the arc and movement of the sun throughout the day. The installation highlights the powerful ability of architecture to embody cultural narratives, traditions, and aspirations.
Taking cues from traditional architectural forms and practices from Francis Kéré’s home village in rural West Africa, this architectural installation aims to highlight the importance of shading and sheltering as a form of protection from over-exposure to the sun as well as an inherent space-making device for community gathering. The design makes use of two major elements that are characteristic of Francis Kéré’s work: an over-hanging ceiling component and an open communal gathering space underneath. The entirety of the installation is made of locally sourced unbarked willow branches and logs.
STATUS: Temporary Exhibition
SITE: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art / Humlebæk / Denmark
SIZE: 70 m²
CLIENT: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art