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Centre de l’Architecture en Terre

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The construction of the Centre for Earth Architecture completes the series of activities the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has carried out in Mopti, including the restoration of a mosque and the construction of a new sewerage system. The construction site lies on the edge of a lake, and has been backfilled so that the lakeside is now accessible to the public. The program responds to the needs of the district management of Komoguel and visitors to the area, as well as the local community. From the top of the floor barrier you can see that the building is aligned with the mosque. The building has a simple structure and its height corresponds to the heights of the neighbouring buildings without compromising the view of the mosque.The visitor center is divided into three different buildings according to program, all of which are united under two roofs. The walls and barrel vaults of the Center are made out of compressed stabilized earth blocks and are not plastered or painted. These are very well suited to regional climate conditions, creating a natural temperature buffer between inside and outside. The overhanging roof keeps the walls cool and provides shaded outdoor spaces. The building is naturally ventilated through openings in the walls and vaults, alleviating the need for energy-consuming air-conditioning. The surrouding landscaping includes accessable public spaces and a promenade adjacent to the flood barrier.

STATUS: Completed 2010
SITE: Mopti / Mali

SIZE: 1200
CLIENT: Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)