From Danish Art Pavilion to Much Needed School House

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.

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion

SelgasCano Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion 4

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.

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion

Louisiana Hamlet Pavilion