As part of the exhibition ‘Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity’ at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the installation recreates the sensation of being under the shade of a big tree. This powerful symbol, present in both Nordic and African mythology, is used as a bridge between two seemingly contrasting cultures. The project consists of two main elements: a suspended ceiling that generates a private atmosphere and a stepped base where visitors are at freedom to sit or lie down. Above the elevated trunks, a daylighting system mimics the movement of the sun throughout the day, dramatizing the sensory experience.

The entirety of the installation is made of locally sourced unbarked willow wood. A series of cylinders formed by logs is suspended from the ceiling leaving gaps that filter light. At the base, the same logs are cut diagonally to generate the inclination of the seats. The objective is to create a gathering space for the community, inspired by the shaded spaces under trees, highlighting the powerful ability of architecture to embody cultural narratives, traditions, and aspirations.

Cliente Client

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Arquitectos Architects

Kéré Architecture

Equipo de diseño Design Team

Adriana Arteaga (jefa de proyecto project architect), Dominique Mayer, Sam Perea, Diego Sologuren, Matt Mackay-Lyons, Blake Villwock, Fabian Klemp

Colaboradores Collaborators

Zumtobel (iluminación lighting design)

Construcción Construction

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Superficie construida Built-up area

90 m²

Fotos Photos

Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk