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These Gorgeous Clay Shelters Protect 1st-Century Ruins

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Do you know Burkina Faso-born architect Francis Kéré? You should! Here at Curbed, we've written about his firm, Kéré Architecture's, work on a Camper shoe store pop-up in a Bucky Fuller dome on Vitra's campus and an exhibition at Denmark's Louisiana Museum that includes his firm's stellar vernacular-meets-modern designs in his home country. Now, the Burkinian architect has worked on a series of red-clay brick and stone structures built to help provide shelter for 1st-century ruins (including former royal baths) in Sudan, in an area that was once the ancient city of Meroë and is now a UNESCO-protected site. According to Designboom, the area was first excavated in 1912, and are now being studied by the German Archaeological Institute and National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums. Kéré's pavilion provides both shelter and elevated walkways around the ruins that offer a vantage point for study without disturbing the relics.

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