Inspired by the Nok terracotta.
What inspired you to enter this special competition to create a modern architectural language for Africa?
I am of the opinion that original African culture has not been fully portrayed especially in our Architecture, at least that is the reason we still run helter-skelter using / adopting Roman classical forms of cornices (concrete fascia), entablatures in a bit to coining ours. I believe if we could only make move to look inwards; there is richness in African originality that if harnessed would yield unfathomable impact. CPDI Africa is a platform we have craved for and to me it is a privilege to be part of the move to rediscover original African Architecture.
What did you find most interesting or challenging during the research and development of your prototype?
Sustainable Design on one end is one very vast field ever since the inception of the conversation on global warming. Discovering a contemporary African Architectural style on the other hand is a major theme to be treated in the competition. The major challenge for me was trying to get inspiration from the plethora of ethnic groups, tribes and cultures that abound in Africa so as to create, whilst making sure for the emergent prototype to fit into sustainable design and construction standards.
Why do you believe African homeowners will be interested in building a home such as the one you have submitted today?
"Noktecture" is inspired by Africa's number one and most magnificent Art history of ancient civilization which has ever since discovery revolutionized how we see traditional art history of African Sculpture. Acquiring one of this would be daring to be part of that revolution to immortalize a once vibrant art-loving society.
Godswill, Ojile Ameh
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Available at: https://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/atl/vol1/iss1/22