Mali - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Mali at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

In a land where wood and stone are rare materials, the 'banco' has given rise to beautiful architectural gems of singular style, many of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The people of Mali use the clay from their rivers to create beautiful buildings and dwellings that retain heat when the night temperatures fall but remain cool in the hottest hours. It is important to note that these buildings are ecologically sustainable. The Mali pavilion is a reproduction of one of these buildings. The room uses elements that give a better understanding of traditional 'banco' architecture. To imitate the layout of these structures, 32 grooves and cubes measuring 30 x 30 cm have been inserted into the walls and provide information and images about the country. In the centre of the pavilion, two supports offer a singular image: one shows a video of the Great Mosque of Djenné, while on the other, an illustration of Gaudi's architecture can be seen. This composition aims to highlight the influence of West African architecture on modern architecture.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008