Benin National Assembly, Kéré Architecture

Building identity

Contemporary African architecture is fascinatingly diverse and combines tradition and the present. Nevertheless, the trend-setting designs often receive little attention in Europe. A new architectural guide now offers a unique documentation of the most important buildings in the 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 7/30/2021

The architects Philipp Meuser and Adil Dalbai are currently dedicating a comprehensive overview to the architectural development of sub-Saharan Africa: the "Sub-Saharan Africa Architectural Guide", which has just been published by DOM publishers, comprises seven volumes in English. In order to present as differentiated a picture as possible of contemporary architecture on the African continent, which is characterised by traditional and colonial roots as well as global links, a total of 850 buildings were selected. The projects range from the preservation of indigenous architecture by up-and-coming architects such as Anotidaishe Mavazhe, to sustainable construction with local materials by German architect Anna Heringer, to internationally renowned buildings - for example, the Zeitz MOCAA in the V&A Waterfront in cape town by British architect Thomas Heatherwick.

"Architectural Guide Sub-Saharan Africa is a landmark achievement that paves the path for interdisciplinary theoretical discourses and treatises on African architecture. The volumes are a rich presentation of kaleidoscopic observations, records, and reflections on Africa´s environmental design. This compilation reaches beyond any previously completed work in the promotion of architects and architectural historians who have worked and are continuing to design and build on the continent", Prof. Nnamdi Elleh, Head of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, sums up in the foreword to the publication.

Sub-Saharan Africa
Architectural Guide

Philipp Meuser, Adil Dalbai (Eds.)
Language: English
3,412 pages, 5,000+ illustrations
7 volumes in boxed set
DOM publishers
ISBN 978-3-86922-400-8
148 Euro

In addition, the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin will be showing an exhibition of the work of architect Francis Kéré, who combines the African and European continents in his work, until 9 September 2021. In his designs, he focuses on the social requirements of architecture and thus creates progressive buildings - whether in the form of the recently completed Startup Lions Campus at Lake Turkana in Kenya or with his plans for the new parliament building of the Republic of Benin.

Arbre à Palabres – Kéré Architecture

Until 9 September 2021

Aedes Architecture Forum
Christinenstr. 18-19
10119 Berlin

Tuesday to Friday: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday to Monday: 13 - 17 h

Startup Lions Campus, Kéré Architecture