Inspired by the vernacular architecture of Northern Nigeria.
What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?
The most unexpected thing was the huge variety of African architectural typology and forms. Just like any other culture typical for certain area it has its recognizable features, but having examined it deeply we cognized its diversity.
What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?
We have always been captivated by Africa’s ancient history and its authentic design, multifaceted culture and the ability to observe it in this day and age. We have always drawn inspiration from the past and wanted to comprehend cultural experience to create architecture for this age and time. This contest reflects our logic and mindset and its subject matter mirrors our love to this kind of esthetics and interest in the given challenge.
Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?
We believe our project’s ideas, materials and forms are steadily aligned with African culture. Our project doesn’t look alien and will subconsciously be congenial to potential owners. At the same time, it is armed with all functional amenities for a Modern individual.
What building materials have you specified for the foundation?
As the primary material we used organic mud brick as one of the most viable, reliable and lasting natural construction materials for this matter. Abundance of clay soil in the area accounts for the wide use of the material as it also helps to reduce construction costs for those living in the hot and dry African climate. The interior walls are plastered with a mix of sand and clay with straw and other dry binding agents, for better thermal insulation. This plaster mix may be easily applied, even by the hand, which will lend the walls a vivid roughness and relief.
Alisa, Omelchenko and Bilyk, Ksenia
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