Francis Kéré Unveils a Multipurpose Playground in Kampala, Uganda

A simple park became something so much more when Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Francis Kéré got involved.

Within a densely populated, poor area of Kampala, he worked to create a site that is uplifting and filled with opportunities for creative expression. It started out as a straightforward idea to build a new playground in Kampala, Uganda.

And then architect Francis Kéré got involved. Completed this past summer, with an official inauguration on October 14, the project has grown to include open-air areas for gathering, multipurpose rooms for workshops and night classes, a small gym, an internet café, a music studio, restrooms, and a multisport pitch.

Nestled in the heart of Kamwokya, a poor urban district on the margins of the city, the site is a pocket of public space carved from a thicket of dilapidated houses and zigzagging alleys.

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