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Vernacular Architecture of Traditional African Village Huts

Although they differ from country to country, the traditional African village huts have thatched roofs supported by a wooden or an earth base. Some huts also have entirely thatched exteriors and an interior made of mud. Due to the use of readily available local materials, this type of house is classified as vernacular architecture. Although the choice of local materials is generally associated with poverty, it also has climatic advantages as it enables ventilation.

Here are some examples of traditional African village huts.

A Tuareg Village in the Ubari Lakes Area in Libya

Tuareg people are famous for their nomadic lifestyle and architecture. Their tents have different shapes including dome or square-shaped ones. Here is an abandoned Tuareg village in Libya.

Musgum Earth House in Cameroon

Also known as “cases obus,” Musgum earth houses are structures made of mud by the ethnic Musgum people in Cameroon. Their geometric designs as well as shapes change as some of them have a tall domed or a conical shape. Apart from their decorative function, the V-shaped or straight relief lines enable the water to drain quickly and easily when it rains. Although they have an important place in Cameroon’s architecture, they are not as popular today.

Ethiopian Granaries

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