Afro Modernism: Africa's Avant-Garde Architecture Boom

The 1960s and 70s were an explosive period for experimental architecture in Africa – from vast Toblerone-shaped exhibition centres to giant lily-bud auditoriums. Swiss architect Manuel Herz has tracked down 80 of these lost monuments of African independence for a new book, "African Modernism". Pictured on the left are some of the many triangular prisms that form the FIDAK exhibition centre, which was built in 1975 in the Senegalese capital Dakar to host the country’s biennial international trade fair. They were designed by French architects Jean Francois Lamoureux and Jean-Louis Marin.

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