Fabrizio Caròla

(Italy, 1931)

Fabrizio Caròla, Salle en plein air de l’hôtel du cheval blanc, Mali, 1989. Photographie 2111 Studio di Architettura di Fabrizio Caróla / Courtesy Fabrizio Caròla

Originally from Naples, Fabrizio Carola created his first architectural firm in 1963. He graduated as an architect from the Le Cambre National School of Architecture in Brussels (1956) and then the Naples Architecture University (1961), after which he went to Mali to work on a mission. He won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1965, and then in 2008 was nominated for the Global Award for sustainable Architecture. His approach explores the bioclimatic architecture in sub-Saharan Africa and the possibilities of the terracotta construction. In 1984, he built the hospital of Kaedi in Mauritania modifying the program so that each patient could receive his or her family.

One of his innovations was remobilizing the archaic technique of building with a compass making it possible to mount cupolas of terracotta bricks without resorting to the use of wood as not to add to the phenomenon of deforestation affecting the region.

On the occasion of the Biennale, visitors will discover his work for Kaedi Hospital in Mauritania.

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