engineering.
Oops! Looks like your browser is out of date. Is this page displaying correctly? If not, try upgrading your browser or use a different one.

ArchiAfrika Pavilion.

In continuing our engagements with the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, and with emerging new generations of designers and experimentation, AKT II has supported the rising-star architectural research-partnership Studio NYALI, to design and present this temporary pavilion installation. The ArchiAfrika Pavilion carries the subtitle The Course of Empire: A Compound House Typology.

The ArchiAfrika Pavilion is a bespoke, demountable public art installation for the 2021 Venice Biennale

Location
Venice, Italy.
Architect
Studio NYALI
Project Value
confidential
Floor Area
25m²
Status
Completed 2021
Expertise
Structures

AKT II’s youthful team, led by Maria Camporro and Khouloud Elwan, worked with Studio NYALI and 121 Collective to realise a simple and fascinating piece that can be easily built and dismantled, as an installation that represents Africa’s past, present and future.

Studio NYALI is led by architects Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Bushra Mohamed. The ArchiAfrika Pavilion is inspired by Joe Osae-Addo’s ArchiAfrika and Jamestown Café in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra, and furthermore investigates the traditional African ‘compound house’ architectural typology. The installation has been initially delivered within Venice’s famous ‘Giardini’ garden exhibition zone, and serves as a gathering place where people can reflect on the 2021 Biennale theme: ‘how will we live together?’

Festivalgoers are drawn to explore the design and to experience the architecture’s broader functionality, history and culture along with a series of exhibitions, curated talks and events.

The five-by-five-metre pavilion features many common African design elements, and offers various layered private, semi-public and public spaces, where people can gather. The external corners additionally provide spaces for resting and sitting.

The roof is formed in waves of colourful, Ghanaian wax prints, which are reminiscent of the canopy in Jamestown Cafe’s compound space. This tapestry construction also filters the daylight dynamically into the interior.

Africa’s colonial history continues to influence the modern continent. Imported, Western typologies have been unable to support the region’s true cultural and climatic needs. Studio NYALI accordingly is studying how Africa’s traditional compound housing typology can enable a more considerate response to urban growth – for both African and Western cities alike.

Crinkle Crankle seratechCrinkle-Crankle
Concrete.
 
 
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Centre for the Humanities
 
 
Apex
1.
 
 
UCB
Headquarters
Campus.
 
Manor
Road.
 
 
17 Charterhouse
Street.
 
 
St
Pancras
Campus.
 
Brent Cross
Plot 15.
 
 
100-West-Cromwell-Road-thumbnail100
West Cromwell
Road.
 
Brent Cross
Plot 25.
 
 
Chapter
London
Bridge.
 
Cherry
Groce
Memorial.
 
Roatan
Prospera.
 
 
Mount
Pleasant.
 
 
Mayfield
Depot
Redevelopment.
 
120
Fleet
Street.
 
Welcome.
 
 
 
Park
Modern.
 
 
Ismaili
Centre.
 
 
Surface
 
Deep.
 
EDGE
London
Bridge.
 
London
 
Stones.
 
Aga Khan
Academy
Dhaka.
 
ArchiAfrika
Pavilion.
 
 
Elsley
 
House.
 
Jackson
House.
 
 
1
City
Square.
 
Speirein.
 
 
 
1
Broadgate.
 
 
Museum
of
London