Central Market - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Central Market

Central Market

Location: Koudougou, Burkina Faso (West Africa)
Architect: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Client: Koudougou Municipality
Completed: 2005
Site size: 29'000 m²

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Central Market Project Brief

Koudougou’s central market combines a covered hall with space for 624 stalls with a further 125 buildings containing 1'195 shop units, the vast majority of them small spaces of only 6.20 square metres. By virtue of its size, the project provided an important training ground for local masons. The market buildings are made almost exclusively of a local material - compressed earth blocks - using traditional Nubian techniques of arch and vault construction. Such self-sufficiency was deemed particularly desirable in light of the increasing costs of imported materials.

2007 Award Recipients