On the Boards: UNESCO House of Slaves, Senegal

On the Boards: UNESCO House of Slaves, Senegal

As design lead and content development partner of an international team, Studio Tectonic is providing planning and design at the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) in Senegal. Working under International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the project’s lead coordinator, Studio Tectonic’s work on a comprehensive site assessment in 2015 has lead to a three year complete revitalization of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Originally opened in 1962, the historical slave trading residence on Gorée Island (a few kilometers off Dakar in Senegal), the site is redeveloping all interpretation and exhibits. A new visitor center is being developed adjacent to the existing residence. Exhibits and programs will contextualize trans-Atlantic slave trade and make connections to modern-day issues of slavery. The site is one of the most visited cultural attraction in Senegal. Completion will be in 2019.

The revitalization is co-supported by the Ford Foundation and Ministry of Culture in Senegal.

Further details are available at: http://www.sitesofconscience.org/2016/02/revitalization-of-la-maison-des-esclaves/