African Architecture: A Short History

European architecture was introduced to Africa as colonization of African countries took place between 1870s and 1900. First designs brought in by Europeans were plain with very little imagination.

During the late 1900s the majority of buildings in Africa were based around European, Mediterranean and northern European styles. This was mostly seen in South Africa with the so called Boer Homesteads. Buildings were even known to be pre-fabricated and shipped over from Europe to be erected in Africa.

Early 19th century showed the revival of interest in local architecture. The revival was traced back to Egypt and spread to the west as far as morocco by the 20th century. Combining vernacular architecture with European architecture became popular among locals. Early 1940s officially marked the beginning of modern architecture as European colonization began ending across Africa. This helped the popularity of modern African architecture spread throughout Africa. Over the year’s modern African designs has continued to evolve and has become a well-established form of architecture.

Today, African Architecture is a unique combination of traditional and vernacular methods and materials, coupled with the latest technology.

Modern African Architecture boasts some of the following features:

  • Thatch Roof
  • Earth Toned Walls
  • Monolythic and Minimalist Structures
  • Timer Features, commonly round poles
  • ConcreteScreeded Floors that Imitate Traditional Mud Floors.
  • Natural Stone Work
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