The Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion, designed by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano will become home to the Kibera Hamlets School in Kibera Nairobi. The school provides children with an education despite a lack of basic necessities such as electricity, drainage, toilets and an adequate roof to keep learning spaces dry from the rain. The pavilion which was curated to form part of a recent exhibition, “Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in Copenhagen, will be relocated to its new home as a result of the joint efforts of architectural photographer Iwan Baan, SelgasCano, the Louisiana Museum and London-based creative workspace Second Home.
The pavilion which is constructed out of materials such as scaffolding, chipboard and hard plastic sheets will house a dozen classrooms for nursery, primary and secondary pupils, as well as new offices, toilets and a kitchen. Hopefully this initiative will spark future initiatives like it; encouraging a move towards rethinking and reusing a structure which may form part of an architectural exhibition in one context yet could take on a second life as a much needed shelter in another.