WOODEN PAVILION FOR TIPPET RISE ART CENTRE
Tippet Rise Art Centre in Montana, USA, is about to start building a wooden pavilion made out of logs by Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré. Kéré has become well-known internationally since building the hugely popular Serpentine Pavilion 2017.
Vertically stacked logs will create all parts of the structure, which will be used for large gatherings as well as quiet meditation.
According to Kéré, visitors will experience a “rain of light” as sunlight filters through the gaps.
The pavilion will be made from ponderosa and lodgepole pine – two types of sustainable timber that grow locally.
The architect – who has offices in Berlin and Gando, Burkina Faso – looked to the traditional architecture of Mali for the design this latest pavilion.
In Dogon culture, which spans Mali and Burkino Faso, low-lying shelters called togunas provide shade in the heat of the day. They are also used as gathering places for village leaders to come and discuss issues in the community.
Kéré’s toguna-style pavilion canopy will be supported by pillars comprising clusters of logs. Underneath the canopy, multi-level seating will provide a place for visitors to sit and talk, or look out upon the Beartooth Mountains in quiet contemplation.