Burkina Faso National Assembly, Ouagadougou
Kéré Architecture 

Burkina Faso National Assembly, Ouagadougou

Kéré Architecture 

After 31 years of dictatorial rule, the people of Burkina Faso rose up and ousted their former president following a violent revolt in 2014. In protest of the old regime, the former National Assembly was attacked and destroyed by the citizens.

Aside from addressing the core democratic values of transparency, openness, and equality, the new Parliament of Burkina Faso could also become a catalyst for growth and development for the capital city as a whole. The stepped pyramidal structure becomes a monument that citizens can climb and have an elevated view of Ouagadougou. The terraces feature vegetable gardens that will pioneer new methods of agriculture. Inside, the volume houses the 127-seat assembly hall and a garden inspired in local tradition that evokes the meetings with the elderly to discuss important issues under the shade of a large tree. The masterplan also foresees the transformation of the old parliamentary building into a monument to remember those who lost their lives during the conflict. Accompanied by a new tree-lined plaza, the ruins blend into a depression in the terrain, collecting rainwater and providing shaded areas for seating and gathering.

A stepped pyramid, which lets people walk up and enjoy a different perspective of the city, houses the new National Assembly of Burkina Faso, which replaces the one destroyed during the 2014 protests.

In rural areas the elders of a village gathered to discuss important issues under the shade of a great tree, and evoking this tradition, the main lobby surrounds a grove of local trees delimited by a round, glazed courtyard.

Obra Work
Asamblea Nacional de Burkina Faso, Uagadugú (Burkina Faso)
Burkina Faso National Assembly, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Arquitectos Architects
Kéré Architecture / Débédo Francis Kéré

Equipo de diseñoDesign Team
Blake Villwock (jefe de proyecto project architect), Adriana Arteaga, Diego Sologuren Martin, Andrea Maretto, Jaime Herraiz, Damien Greder (arquitecto architect)

Superficie construida Built-up area
25,000 m²