The late German film and theater director Christoph Schlingensief convinced Berlin-based architect and Burkina Faso native Diébédo Francis Kéré to build the Opera House for Africa, a music-education complex, in the landlocked country known as a center of African film and music. The first phase, which opened in October 2011, is a school for up to 500 local children. The 30-acre master plan includes several clay-and-cement pavilions that will house a theater, guesthouses, and a health center.
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