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NATIONAL PARK OF MALI, BAMAKO
Bamako, Mali
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Bringing together technology and vernacular.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Construction of the Balasoko restaurant. Revenue-generating facilities like the restaurant will help keep the Park from becoming a financial burden on the municipality.

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

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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.

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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.

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Entrance building to the Bamako National Park.

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technical drawings
Site plan of the National Park Bamako.

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Plan of the restaurant.

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Elevation of the restaurant.

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Section of the restaurant.

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Plan of the sport center.

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Elevation of the sport center.

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Elevation of the sport center.

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