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"A South African architect has scooped the contract to design a “White House” for Rwanda, which will be home to President Paul Kagame and all future heads of state.

Veteran architect Peter Rich, 63, got the job of designing the state house in the capital of Kigali last week on the strength of his revolutionary design for the new museum at the Mapungubwe world heritage site in Limpopo.

Challenged with a building so iconic that it is likely to appear on future Rwandan bank notes, Rich said Kagame had agreed to a design which could make the state house the first completely eco-friendly executive building in the world.

“It’s an incredible honour. I feel like (architecture legend) Louis Khan, when he was asked to design the Bangladesh parliament,” said Rich. "
- The Times, 15 September 2008

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