Futuna Lecturer for 2020 – Francis Kéré

The internationally-acclaimed architect Francis Kéré garnered critical praise from the beginning of his architectural practice when awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first-ever building – a school he designed, raised the funds for and realised in collaboration with the residents of his native Gando, Burkina Faso.

Diébédo Francis Kéré used dead trees to build this pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. The roof, columns and seats of Kéré‘s Xylem pavilion are made from bundles of local ponderosa and lodge pole pine logs, felled during a “natural pruning” process that aims to save forests from parasitic bugs.

Kéré has gone on to become one of the most distinguished contemporary architects thanks to his pioneering of a communal approach to design and his commitment to sustainable materials as well as modes of construction. Inspired by a curiosity for the particularities of any given locality and its social tapestry, he has gathered a diverse, agile team at his Berlin-based Kéré Architecture office, to take on projects across four continents. Most prominently, these include his designs for the Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Lycée Schorge Secondary School, the Léo Surgical Clinic & Health Centre, the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion and Xylem, the recently opened pavilion for Tippet Rise Art Center. Underpinning his architectural practice, are his past and current teaching engagements at TU München, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio and Yale University, as well as his participation in solo and group exhibitions including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museo ICO in Madrid, the Architekturmuseum in Munich and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Temporary Exhibition

Diébédo Francis KéréPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building / Philadelphia / USA

Useful links to some of Kérés work;




Futuna Open Days & Public Talks – 2nd and 3rd November, as part of Heritage week 2019

Experience the award-winning modernist Futuna Chapel in Karori, and hear talks from the Friends of Futuna, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and Wellington architect Sharon Jansen.

Saturday 2 November: Open Day

  • 11am-3pm: Chapel open to the public with trustees in attendance to answer questions and talk about the chapel.
  • 2pm: Chapel Guided Tour (duration 30 minutes)

Sunday 3 November: Open Day & Public Talks

  • 11am-3pm: Chapel open to the public with trustees in attendance to answer questions and talk about the chapel.
  • 3pm: Welcome, introduction and Chapel restoration update by Nick Bevin – Chair Friends of Futuna
  • 3:15pm: The Stubborn Ambivalence Toward the Twentieth Century Suburban Vernacular by Jamie Jacobs – Central Region Director for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
  • 3:35pm: Nelson House Alteration -Ernst Plischke 1961 by Sharon Jansen – Architect

The talks will be followed by afternoon tea hosted by Historic Places Wellington and served in the Chapel

The Chapel commemorates the martyrdom of the St. Peter Chanel on the French Polynesian Island of Futuna, on 28 April, 1841. Futuna Chapel – a retreat centre – needed to be a place for silence and inner renewal. The building was the recipient of the inaugural 25 Year Award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

No booking is required.

Location: 67 Futuna Cl, Karori, Wellington 6012

Cost: Free – koha would be warmly welcomed

Email Contact: nickbevin@gmail.com

Telephone Contact: 027 4453 710

Futuna Chapel Open Sundays 2019

The Trust is pleased to confirm that the programme of having the Chapel open on the first Sunday of the month will continue throughout 2019. The Chapel will be open between 11am and 3pm on the following dates except those 10th of March, 7th of April and 5th of May due to the Concert series:

6th Jan • 3rd Feb • 3rd March 11am – 2pm7th April 11am – 2pm5th May 11am – 2pm •2nd June • 7th July • 4th August • 1st September • 6th October • 3rd November • 1st December

You are welcome to visit the Chapel during these hours. Entry is by koha. Wheelchair access is available. Please note that there is no parking available on site.  Please park in Friend Street.  Take a Number 2 bus to Karori.