A LAYERED HOME BASED
ON THE LOCAL BUILDING TRADITION
Located in the middle of the African jungle, this house proposes a durable way of building in nature. Instead of going for the obvious solution and position itself in the centre of the vegetation, the house is built on the deforested area of the plot. Using architecture, the house is not focussed on passively looking out to the jungle, but inviting it back to where it was removed. With each year, the jungle in and around the house densifies, thickening the natural walls of protection and privacy. Like its users, the house matures over time.
Traditionally, houses in West Africa are organised around a courtyard, destined to the personal life of a particular family. The houses include porches, galleries and balconies into their design, connecting the indoor environment with the outside, and so extending the living space. Houses in the area are “layered” by walls and small entrances, meaning that they use different levels, directions, and degrees of openness around the home’s protected nucleus. The holiday home in the jungle comes with a similar hierarchy, with spaces moving from public to private and from formal to less formal.