Nzulezo; via Ghana Rising
Unique to wetland and swamp communities, the best example of this vernacular architectural style is Nzulezo, a 600-person settlement 224 miles (360 kilometers) west of Ghana’s capital, Accra. Situated on Lake Tandane in Ghana’s western region, builders fully exploit the native raffia palm trees to construct the community’s distinct stilt architecture. Local builders begin by digging into the lakebed according to the dimensions of the homes before inserting thick raffia barks that rise up 5 feet from the water at regular intervals for added foundational strength.
Once the foundation is secure, builders employ a post-and-beam structural logic atop the raffia barks, securing each façade with narrow, sawn raffia posts and twine while making space for windows, door frames and porches. The builders top off the structures with a ventilated double roof that collects and funnels airflow into homes in these humid conditions.
Cover image: Sirigu Huts via the Cultural Encyclopaedia
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Originally published by Architizer: https://architizer.com/blog/local-materials-and-techniques-in-ghana/