Emerging interdisciplinary architecture, design, and research practice Studio NYALI, in collaboration with London-based design studio 121 Collective, have designed the ArchiAfrika Pavilion as part of the European Cultural Commission’s “Time Space Existence” exhibition at Venice’s 17th International Architecture Exhibition. The pavilion was designed with support from Ghanaian architect Joe Osae-Addo, ArchiAfrika Accra, Kingston University London, Adriano  Wajskol, as well as 10 student collaborators.

The five-by-five-meter pavilion is a response to the Biennale’s theme, which asks “How will we live together” and offers a space that celebrates African and black creativity. With both public and private spaces, the pavilion encourages people to gather and discuss ideas and images for an African future. Studio NYALI founders Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Bushra Mohamed extensively studied the Ejisu Besease shrine house in Kumasi and what African compound houses generally represent as inspiration for the pavilion’s design. Their exhibition, “The Course of Empire: A Compound House Typology,”⸺which displayed from late July to early August⸺ served as an examination of the typology of Africa’s compound houses.