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Wooden Pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center

A wooden pavilion made from the logs of Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré was built for the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. Kéré has been internationally recognized since building the hugely popular Serpentine Pavilion 2017.

It was planned that the vertically stacked logs would form all parts of the structure, which would be used for large meetings and silent meditation.


According to Kéré, visitors will experience a "rain of light" as sunlight filtered through the voids.
The pavilion is made from ponderosa and lodgepole pine, two types of sustainable timber grown locally.


The architect, with offices in Berlin and Gando, Burkina Faso, looked at Mali's traditional architecture for the design of this final pavilion.
In the Dogon culture, which includes Mali and Burkino Faso, low shelters called togunas provide shade in the heat of the day. They are also used as meeting places for village leaders to come and discuss problems in society.

Kéré's toguna style pavilion canopy is supported by columns made of log clusters. Under the canopy, multi-level seating, a place where visitors can sit and talk or gaze into the Beartooth Mountains in silence.