Architecture for peace

Kaira Looro organized an architecture competition for a peace pavilion in Sedhiou, Senegal. I was very motivated to participate because of its aim: to remember the victims of conflicts in Africa through the universal value of peace.

To design a symbolic structure that would be related to universally, I had to reflect on the meaning of peace itself and how to make it tangible. I realized that peace is not the absence of conflict, but the continuous choice to be open to opposite opinions and trying to bring them together.

The competition brief asked for three main areas allowing for awareness, contemplation and exhibition. My proposal instead offers a sequence of spaces that intertwine these functions. Two walls, opposites in their features, move to and from each other, creating poetic spaces in between.

Curious to see the result?
Have a look at my design proposal.