Campus Startup Lions in Turkana County
Kéré Architecture 

Campus Startup Lions in Turkana County

Kéré Architecture 


On the shore of Lake Turkana, this education campus specialized in information and communication technologies drew inspiration from the region’s abundance of mounds built by termite colonies. A work of the Berlin practice of the Burkinabe architect Francis Kéré, the complex is crowned with tall wind towers, thanks to which the interiors are cooled naturally.

With the idea of spreading ICT networks to other impoverished rural areas in West Africa, the non-profit organization Learning Lions seeks to address the regional problem of youth unemployment by offering training and job opportunities, making it possible for young people to thrive professionally without having to leave their place of origin.

Adapting to the slope of the site, five main buildings rising two floors and featuring large terraces are arranged in a circular cluster, housing classrooms and workshops. With a design based on local construction traditions, they are executed in local quarry rocks finished with concrete plaster.


Photos: Kinan Deeb, courtesy of Kéré Kéré Architecture