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Buildings in Africa provides Traditional Architecture (Part 2)

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An article from Curbed enumerated some of the displays in Louisiana Museum of Modern Arts that showcase contemporary art and architecture in sub-Saharan Africa aside from the one that was published in Realty Today.

Here are the other five displays mentioned in the Curbed.

  1. Dorbadis Community Spine in Namibia, 2014

The article mentioned that a community-building spine was built by Mieke Droomer & Andre Christensen, South African architects to help establish boundaries and become an exercise in rural placemaking. In addition, the project aims to create a platform from which the community can develop a cultural precinct for passing tourists as well as the local community, as mentioned in an article from WMA.

  1. Red Pepper House in Lamu, Kenya, 2009

The house can be seen in a mangrove forest near the coastline and gives an open-air shelter and an expansive community space, as mentioned in the article from Curbed. The article added that the house was built by Urko Sanchez Architects. In a listing from Kiwi Collection, the house showcased Swahili culture. YouTube user theRedPepperhouse released a video about the said house.

  1. Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza, Rwanda, 2013

The article added that the center is located in the southern part of the country and it is a rehabilitation and economic recovery site for the survivors of the country’s civil war as well as providing opportunities for female entrepreneurs. The article added that the center is made of snail shell pattern. The center is designed as a meeting place between the urban buyers and rural farmers, a place where rural entrepreneurs can protect businesses, and a place for women who can learn new business skills, as mentioned in an article from Women for Women International.

  1. Smiling Lion House in Maputo, Mozambique, 1958

Designed by Pancho Guedes, a Portuguese architect, the Smiling Lion House is an edifice built during the ’50s and ’60s when numerous Modernist structures were being constructed in this African metropolis, as mentioned in the article. In an article from Artefacts, the building has survived in spite of the long years of civil war. The article from Artefacts added that the high level mural on the West façade is intact and so is the “smiling lion” on the North corner. In addition, the lion is an un-notable small concrete casting with a smile hence the name of the building.

  1. Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 2005

The article reported that this museum was designed with materials and shapes that reflect those of the immediate area. The article added that the museum was once a center for relocation and a site of early anti-apartheid struggles. In addition, the museum was opened in public in November 2006 and received three major international awards, as mentioned in an article from As mentioned in the article, these awards are, Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and Europe in June 2006, 2005 World Leadership Award for architecture and civil engineering, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality the 2005 and 2006 Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building.



Buildings in Africa provides Traditional Architecture

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