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Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

Living Differently: Architecture, Scale and the New Core

  • TUE - SUN
    20/05 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 26/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Guillaume Koffi (Gagnoa, Ivory Coast, 1959)
Issa Diabaté (Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 1969)
live and work in Abidjan, Ivory Coast


Building an African city is synonymous with building an African architectural practice. The story of Ebrah, a village located to the east of Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire, is also the story of architecture practice, Koffi & Diabaté Architectes. Koffi & Diabaté Architectes have chosen to write, draw, and model their practice and approach to architecture into an exhibition divided into three parts: memoir, manifesto, model.
Memoir is the story of the team of over 70 people who make up the largest architectural practice in Cote d’Ivoire, a country of 27 million people with less than 200 registered architects and no internationally accredited school of architecture.
Manifesto explores the multifaceted approach we have developed in response to the practicalities of dreaming, proposing, building, and executing the African city.
Model brings the first two parts together in a real-life case study centred on Ebrah, our vision for the African city of tomorrow.


Technical collaborators
Amidou Traore (Urban Designer), Nicolas Bequart, Les Crayons, Agence Opixido, MAP (Matières À Penser)
Anna Djigo, Marilyne Sinama, Ramatou Ly, Yemi Kacoutie Dervain, Jean-Marc Don Mello, Cindy Moukarzel

Central Pavilion
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