One of the main monuments of modernism in Africa is on the verge of destruction

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The House of the People in Burkina Faso was built in the middle of the 20th century by French architect René Faublet. It is now in a state of disrepair and was recently listed as an endangered monument

One of the main monuments of modernism in Africa is on the verge of destruction

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has listed the “House of the People” (La Maison du Peuple) in Burkina Faso as a monument in danger of destruction. This is a brutalist building built in 1965 by the French architect René Foblet in Ouagadougou. “This is one of the main examples of modernist architecture not only in Burkina Faso, but in the whole of Africa”, – commented on this event the famous African architect, winner of the Pritzker Prize 2021, Diébédo Francis Kéré).

One of the main monuments of modernism in Africa is on the verge of destruction

The “House of the People” was built as a community center with a hall for 2500 seats in the new capital of Burkina Faso after gaining independence from France. The building combines brutalist style with local decorative motifs. The facade has the color of local sand, and fancy lanterns are installed on the roof, through which light and air enter the main hall. Their shape is borrowed from the traditional architecture of Burkina Faso. 03/58057ab5b06c580f853f140656068563.jpg” width=”728″ height=”546″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-371a4ab7=”1″ alt=”One of the main monuments of modernism in Africa is on the verge of destruction”/>

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