Inspired by the Axumite people of Ethiopia.
What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?
The evolution of African architecture has almost come to a standstill due to western influence. The potential of construction materials used in African designs have a far greater utility in their specific climates or natural conditions as opposed to western materials. It‘s easy to say my inspiration came from my deep passion to explore the potential of African construction materials for what they are truly worth.
What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?
The most interesting and challenging part of the research is the overwhelming amount of designs in Africa. It was difficult to settle on a specific inspiration for the competition. It is really remarkable to witness the diversity and richness of African culture; it really makes one see the other perspectives of life as opposed to the pragmatic life view of the 21st century
Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?
I believe that any African would be interested in purchasing a house which is rich with African identity. The design is full of amazing and fascinating African concepts dating back to the 4th century that have been lost and neglected through time. But I would say that the deciding factor for this design would be the cost and labor effective design in the use of materials.
Ketema, Liuel Hizikias
ATL: Vol. 1
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/atl/vol1/iss1/18