We have settled into a style of design and architecture that has become so universal it’s now in danger of becoming a stale cliché. The sleek hi-gloss modernism of the last couple of decades is certainly glamorous and was a welcome change from what went before. But are we on the cusp of a new direction?
The lockdown has led to us spending much more time in our homes and gardens than probably ever before. For many this has led to their home re-becoming exactly that their home. Not a design statement. And for some this has led to a re-evaluation of all that white geometric sheen. A feeling has grown of wanting something … more… more homely… less like an office or a hotel…something with more texture, colour, individuality. Something to engage you and sustain a deeper interest.
Well strap up because we’re going on a ride!
We’re going to take a lightning tour of one of the most amazing aspects of African culture. Often over-looked but inspirational in its range, diversity, use of traditional materials and responsiveness to the local environment. And most important of all, it’s sheer creative verve and beauty.
From Morocco To South Africa, Nigeria to Kenya, right across this vast continent of over 54 countries and hundreds of languages the local, vernacular architecture of the people has produced a fizzing array of styles, materials patterns and colours. What follows is a tiny taster, a brief photo essay of the world-class treasure that is African Vernacular Architecture.
If this very brief survey has kindled your interest in beautiful, practical, African Vernacular Architecture an American architect Jon (Twingi) Sojkowski is working on an online database, you can see it here: https://www.africanvernaculararchitecture.com/
For inspiration from another part of the world you could read about Japanese gardens
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