Meet Prof. Ms. Nmadili Okwumabua our blazing star on African Architecture this October in München-Germany
Ms. Nmadili Okwumabua is a Prof. in architecture in Atlanta USA. CPDI is one of her initiatives which is already causing a movement in the architectural world, not just in Africa. African Diaspora in Germany will have the opportunity to experience “Ije” in October goining by CPDI Africa Newsletter.
The prototype was named Ije (meaning journey in Igbo language) to symbolise the transition from The ancient pyramids of Egypt to a contemporary dwelling place.
The prototype mixes influences from several African cultures from the Ashanti of Ghana, the pyramids of Egypt to living practices of the Ibo.
The facade is a modular system; which is practical and cost efficient. The modular bottle panel facade system will give the building excellent performance and durability. The concept is inspired by kente cloth which is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation. The word “kente” means basket in the Ashanti dialect. Kente cloth designs vary, with different designs, colors and patterns each having their own special meanings. The entrance porch in front is a reimagination of the ‘Obi’ – a meeting area in Ibo culture.
The prototype proposes a kitchen on the private zone at the rear side of the building linking the dining area, store and courtyard. With a ‘U’ shaped arrangement, the space is well utilized.The kitchen patio is for outdoor cooking.
The Ije is most notable for its focus on sustainability. It is designed to be built using bamboo, 27,723 recycled bottles and mud. These are materials that are readily available across Africa.
Source: CPDI Africa Newsletter Ausgust 8th, 2016