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Afar Sidama


Honorable Mention

Inspired by the Afar and Sidama people of Ethiopia.

What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?

I am interested in vernacular African architecture especially from my home region, Eastern Africa. Its obvious Vernacular architecture is dear to me. How the people have evolved from historical and diverse socio-cultural, climatic conditions and civilizations. Our built environment is a good way to appreciate our progress.

What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?

My research into how people survive in the most uninhabitable places in the world like Afar located in the rift valley. Where the climate is very hot and arid. Also in the form and the structure of Sidaman typology is mainly the result of the material used.

Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?

My prototype is designed in the modern functional flow of space with in the vernacular geometrical form. The combination of Sidama and Afar in Ethiopian vernacular architecture is full of ornamentation and aesthetics with durable materials.