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Architecture | David Adjaye’s new project in Rwanda

The Cancer center by David Adjaye


David Adjaye is currently the most respected and sought after African Architect with works that span the globe. Born to a Ghanaian Ambassador father in Tanzania, David studied in Britain and is a recipient of the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) since 2007.

He has pioneered modern African architecture which he fuses into his world globally. David has built homes for Alexander Mcqueen, was selected in a competition to design the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. with design features a crown motif from Yoruba sculpture.

He is also very well known in the architectural world for his international work such as the Alara concept store in Lagos, Nigeria, the Marian Goodman Gallery in London, England and not to mention the Skolokovo the management school in Moscow, Russia. Yet it is on his latest project we will focus on today.


For his latest project The Eugene Gasana Jr foundation. Commissioned him for the construction of the Pediatric Cancer Center (a children’s cancer treatment center) in Kigali, Rwanda.

This original building mainly draws its architectural inspiration from the Rwandan traditional art Imigongo. Composed of beautifully colorful geometric shapes, this art form, which is often created by women, is perfectly represented by the architect in this building that extends for over four hectares.


Far from what could already be seen in other hospitals, David Adjaye, creates a colorful place, with bright and rich geometric shapes where nature is fully integrated into the space. This gives a very dynamic and joyful architectural playfulness ideal for the children who will be staying there.

We can’t wait to see the end results of this great project, not to mention to discover more works of this talented architect.