The long-list of #GC2022 is out! Read more.

search
×
menu
login
donate
NATIONAL PARK OF MALI, BAMAKO
Bamako, Mali
Written by:
follow
share on:mail linkcopy link to clipboardShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via Facebook
Bringing together technology and vernacular.

image: Iwan Baan | © all rights reserved
i
Category:
recreation & sport
Phase:
in use
Design:
Kéré Architecture
Updated:
10 May 2012
introduction

This is one of the two recent projects commissioned by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to mark the 50th anniversary of Mali's independence from France: the National Park of Mali in Bamako, with new buildings such as a restaurant, a sport centre and several entrance buildings, marking one of the most important civic projects ever to take shape in West Africa. Another project is the visitor's center adjacent to the Great Mosque of Mopti which is a remarkable example of the earthen construction and is recently restored (2006).

The restaurant is situated on top of a rock formation and is nestling up against the different height levels.

image: Iwan Baan | © all rights reserved
i
The sport centre consists of three pavilions which are situated around an ellipsoidal playground, giving maximal shadow to the playground and also the interior recreation spaces.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
read more >
< read less
cultural and social context

The population of Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali, has risen rapidly in recent years, now numbering over one million inhabitants. Population growth has driven the demand for housing and public facilities. In this context, the need for far-sighted urban planning has been crucial. The Government of Mali responded by outlining the boundaries of the National Park of Mali, a space of 103 hectares within a larger protected forest reserve of 2,100 hectares that forms a significant greenbelt in the city of Bamako. Under the terms of the public-private partnership, the Government asked the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to concentrate on a 103 hectares area that incorporates a large, semi-circular canyon of protected forest that lies beneath the terraced outcrops of the Koulouba plateau, between the National Museum and the Presidential Palace Complex.

read more >
< read less
image gallery
Bringing together the National Museum and the existing Botanical Garden and Zoo into a single cultural/ecological park, the Park features a comprehensive pedestrian circulation network and formal promenades throughout.

image: AKTC | © all rights reserved
i
Construction of the Balasoko restaurant. Revenue-generating facilities like the restaurant will help keep the Park from becoming a financial burden on the municipality.

image: AKTC | © all rights reserved
i
The restaurant is situated on top of a rock formation and is nestling up against the different height levels. License: all rights reserved

image: Iwan Baan | © all rights reserved
i
The sport centre consists of three pavilions which are situated around an ellipsoidal playground, giving maximal shadow to the playground and also the interior recreation spaces.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
The entrance to the sports centre. The compact base is topped with a seemingly light metal roof, with air flowing in between these two elements to provide natural ventilation.

image: Iwan Baan | © all rights reserved
i
Entrance building to the Bamako National Park.

image: Iwan Baan | © all rights reserved
i
technical drawings
Site plan of the National Park Bamako.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Plan of the restaurant.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Elevation of the restaurant.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Section of the restaurant.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Plan of the sport center.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Elevation of the sport center.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Elevation of the sport center.

image: Kéré Architecture | © all rights reserved
i
Location
show earth plate boundarieshide earth plate boundaries
Explore more inspirations
Keyword:
earth (66)
development cooperation (44)
vernacular (38)
prev
  •  education
    technical school Mopti Sevare
    Mopti Sevarre, Mali
  •  work & business
    The Women's House of Imloul
    Imloul, Morocco
  •  education
    Library of Muyinga
    Muyinga, Burundi
  •  education
    Polyvalent Cultural Center in Senegal
    Tanaff, Senegal
  •  education
    Tipu Sultan Merkez
    Jar Maulwi, Pakistan
  •  religion & memorial
    Larabanga Mosque
    Larabanga, Ghana
  • play
     health & sanitation
    KCDC - Kyaninga Child Development Centre
    Fort Portal, Uganda
  •  housing
    Mud house
    Marfa, U.S.A.
  •  education
    School Sangha
    Sangha, Mali
  •  work & business
    CASTLE WINERY
    Moratinos (Palencia), Spain
  •  education
    El jardin de Adele
    Encañada, Peru
  •  religion & memorial
    Great Mosque of Djenné
    Djenné, Mali
  •  education
    Ithuba Community College
    Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa
  •  education
    Bottle School
    San Pablo, Philippines
  •  housing
    Fujian Tulou
    Fujian, China
  • play
     education
    Observatory in the desert
    Tabas, Iran
  •  housing
    Entre Muros House
    Tumbaco, Quito, Ecuador
  •  housing
    Troglodytes dwellings
    Matmata, Tunisia
  •  education
    Primary School Balaguina
    Balaguina, Mali
  •  urban planning
    Old walled city of Shibam
    Shibam
  •  emergency shelter
    Living Tebogo
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  •  education
    Kusikuna Eco-Active School
    Apote - Tiquipaya, Bolivia
  •  education
    Trade School in Guatemala
    Cerro la Granadilla (San Raimundo), Guatemala
  •  housing
    Mousgoum dwellings
    Pouss, Cameroon
  •  education
    School Ghama
    Ghama, Mali
  •  religion & memorial
    San Isidro Chapel
    Oaxaca, Mexico
  •  meeting place
    BE friendly space
    Mao Khe, Vietnam
  •  housing
    Net-Zero Self-sufficient Home
    Bafoussam, Cameroon
  •  emergency shelter
    Mud-Structure
    Kermanshah, Iran
  •  education
    Jubilant Tree School
    Moshi, Tanzania
  •  education
    Primary School Tanouan Ibi
    Tanouan Ibi, Mali
  •  meeting place
    BES Pavilion
    Ha Tinh city, Vietnam
  •  
    Tomb of Askia
    Gao, Mali
  •  housing
    Sandbag housing
    Cape Town, South Africa
  •  infrastructure
    Infrastructure to support the indigenous community
    Santo Angelo, Brazil
  •  housing
    PHOOLNA - teachers accomodation
    Sunderpur, Raxaul, India
  •  meeting place
    Community Center
    Oudong, Cambodia
  •  education
    School Kani Kombole
    Kani Kombolé, Mali
  •  education
    Children's Centre XEWA SOWE
    Village of Sowé (Glazoué), Benin
  •  recreation & sport
    Sport City
    Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
  •  housing
    New Gourna Village
    Luxor, Egypt
  •  urban planning
    Arg-é Bam
    Bam, Iran
  •  education
    technical school Mopti Sevare
    Mopti Sevarre, Mali
  •  education
    Tikau Village House
    Odisha, India
  •  recreation & sport
    Rural Sports Center
    San Pedro Apóstol, Oaxaca, Mexico
  •  work & business
    CASTLE WINERY
    Moratinos (Palencia), Spain
  •  education
    Maosi primary school
    Maosi, China
  •  education
    Primary School Gangouroubouro
    Gangouroubouro, Mali
  •  education
    Al Khan Al Ahmar Primary School
    Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin Camp, Palestinian Territories
  •  education
    Habitat initiative cabo delgado
    Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
  •  education
    Siddhartha Primary School
    Bimire village, Nepal
  •  housing
    HATHIGAON - Housing for Mahouts and their Elephants
    Jaipur, India
  •  education
    EARTHBAGS CHILDREN CENTER
    Palestinian Territories
  •  education
    METI school
    Rudrapur, Bangladesh
  • play
     education
    Tent Classroom
    kharameh, Iran
  •  housing
    Turf houses
    Keldur, Iceland
  •  education
    Primary school in Ramadin Al Janub
    Ramadin Al Janub, Palestinian Territories
  •  education
    Gando Primary School
    Gando, Burkina Faso
  •  housing
    Sankofa House
    Abetenim, Ghana
  •  education
    Obispo Anaya School
    Cochabamba, Bolivia
  •  education
    Wadi Abu Hindi Playground
    Wadi Abu Hindi Bedouin camp, Palestinian Territories
  •  housing
    Open Source House Pilot
    Cape Coast, Ghana
  •  housing
    Sankofa House
    Abetenim, Ghana
  •  meeting place
    Jabu Centre
    Siteki, Swaziland
  •  housing
    Casa Rosales
    Tlalnepantla Morelos, Mexico
  • play
     health & sanitation
    Kamuna agricultural rehabilitation centre
    Kamuna, Cankuzo, Burundi
next