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Tippet Rise Art Center Building Design by Francis Kéré architect

Contemporary Architecture in Montana, United States of America – design by Francis Kéré architect

17 May 2018

Tippet Rise Art Center Building by Francis Kéré architect

Tippet Rise Art Center Building in Montana

Location: Tippet Rise, Stillwater County, Montana, USA

Design: Diébédo Francis Kéré architect, Berlin, Germany

Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana is adding a new design, a structure by Francis Kéré.

Conceived as a 1,900-sqft, open-air pavilion, it will join monumental sculptures, artistic buildings, and large-scale works of art on the former sheep ranch’s 10,260 acres.

Tippet Rise founders Cathy and Peter Halstead discovered Kéré’s work online. Then, says Cathy, “We started leaning about what an incredible human being he is, and what his values are, and we realized what an astonishing partnership working with him could be for Tippet Rise.”

Tippet Rise Art Center Montana building design by Francis Kéré architect
images Courtesy Tippet Rise Art Center / Francis Kéré architect

May 16, 2018

Known around the globe for his beautiful, innovative, and sustainable structures, the West African architect Francis Kéré will create Tippet Rise’s newest structure: a 1,900 square-foot pavilion, scheduled to open at the start of the summer 2019 music season.

Kéré’s pavilion will serve as a communal gathering space nestled in a grove of aspen and cottonwood trees between the Olivier Music Barn and Daydreams, the willow-clad schoolhouse created by sculptor Patrick Dougherty. An evolution of Kéré’s celebrated 2015 canopy structure for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen and his 2017 Serpentine Pavilion in London, the pavilion will be built with logs from local ponderosa and lodgepole pine.

Tippet Rise Art Center building design by Francis Kéré architect

Imagine a round structure with seating areas beneath a log canopy that filters and dapples the sunlight. Visitors can gather within, or climb onto a platform sculpted at the canopy’s top to take in the landscape through aspen and cottonwood leaves. For children, there will be a carved “color cave” tunnel. The shape of the seating area—an irregular loop—is inspired in part by a series of paintings, created by artist and Tippet Rise cofounder Cathy Halstead, based on the lyrical, abstract forms of microscopic life.
Laura Viklund of Gunnstock Timber Frames, responsible for the Olivier Music Barn and Will’s Shed at Tippet Rise, will collaborate with Kéré and his team as the local project architect.

Born in the village of Gando, Burkina Faso, Kéré studied at the Technical University of Berlin. As a student, he established the Kéré Foundation to help improve the lives of people in West Africa by building community infrastructures, such as schools, libraries, housing for teachers, and women’s centers. Every Foundation structure combines the region’s traditional building methods and materials with modern engineering techniques. Based in Berlin, the award-winning architect has held professorships at various universities, including the Harvard School of Design.

Tippet Rise Art Center building design by Francis Kéré

In keeping with the educational mission of Tippet Rise, the Tippet Rise Fund of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation is supporting the construction of a new Kéré-designed school in Burkina Faso. The Naaba Belem Goumma Secondary School is set to be completed in 2019. As with all of the Kéré Foundation’s structures in the region, it will be a weaving-together of local tradition and innovation.

Of the new pavilion, Kéré said, “Standing on the high meadow of Tippet Rise Art Center, looking out at the mountains under a vast sky, people can face nature at its widest scale. But with this pavilion, Tippet Rise offers a more intimate experience of its landscape within a quiet shelter, where people can access the most secret part of nature: the heart of the trees. I am honored that Peter and Cathy have invited me to contribute to their magnificent art center, and I am deeply grateful for their generosity in linking the creation of this pavilion to the construction of a new school in my home of Burkina Faso.”

Tippet Rise Art Center building by Francis Kéré

We, too, are grateful for these exciting new developments and will update you with words and photos as the Kéré pavilion grows! For more information about the Kéré Foundation’s incredible work, click on the link below.

Website: Tippet Rise Art Center

Website: Francis Kéré architect

14 Jun 2016

Tippet Rise Art Center Buildings

Tippet Rise Art Center Buildings, Montana

Location: Tippet Rise, Stillwater County, Montana, USA

Design: various, incl Ensamble Studio (Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa)

Domo, designed by Ensamble Studio, installed at Tippet Rise Art Center:
Domo, designed by Ensamble Studio, installed at Tippet Rise Art Center
photo by Erik Petersen. Courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center

The Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise Art Center:
The Olivier Music Barn at Tippet Rise Art Center
photo by Andre Costantini. Courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center

Tippet Rise Art Center Buildings in Montana by architects Ensamble Studio

Design for Domo, by Ensamble Studio, at Tippet Rise Art Center
Tippet Rise Art Center
Rendering courtesy of Ensamble Studio

Tippet Rise Art Center Montana – 23 Nov 2015


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