Inspired by the culture of the Burkina Faso.
Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?
In our design, as mentioned before, we focused in one main aspect: giving new perspectives around their existing ways of constructing. We believe to have got in contact with very main aspects of their construction that needed a change and many others that didn´t so, at least for now, we gave priority to the ones we think they should be changed/improved for a better quality of living, of their own very unique style of living
Do you believe young African designers will create outstanding examples of modern African architecture if they were exposed to such concepts during their university curriculum?
Us, as a modernized culture, find inspiration and ‘’help’’ from many other countries that gave a solution to a problem that we might have had. In this way, we could say someone else has taught us with its different approach or perspective to that same problem. If looking at it this way, it´s more about showing them how we would solve something that they haven’t already because of the lack of communication with other architects or media. So the need from others to teach abroad and give different ways of thinking about design in order to make a change should be the very next step.
What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?
The real challenge was to give a new meaning to the word ‘modern‘‘. We didn´t want to focus it only on form and newer materials but in new/different ways that we are not used to. We want to let them progress, giving them ‘touches‘‘ to their actual architecture, and not changing everything.
Yanagimuro, Jun; Yoichiro, Hayashi; and Darras, Ignacio
ATL: Vol. 1
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/atl/vol1/iss1/13