Cave_bureau is a Kenyan architecture studio that is in the spotlight at the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, with the exhibition exploring the country’s
volcanic caves and emphasising the concept of ‘reverse futurism’. Cave_bureau
believes that by looking to the past, it can develop sustainable solutions for the
The work takes visitors on a journey back in time, starting millions of years ago
when the landscapes shaped the origins of humanity. It then progresses through
critical historical events that have contributed to the current era. Finally, it
focuses on the Anthropocene, the current geological age defined by the visible
impact of human activities on the environment.
Cave_bureau draws inspiration from the ancient volcanic caves close to Nairobi,
which have considerable historical significance for Kenya. Early hominids lived
in these caverns, and, during the colonial era, East African slaves and freedom
fighters used them as a means of transportation. They also record significant
turning points in the planet’s transition to the Anthropocene.
According to Cave_bureau, future architecture must be built on a
comprehensive understanding of geology as it continues to shape our planet.