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from Journal du Design

Maisons peintes au Burkina Faso


The oldest mud and sticks Masjid of Africa in Larabanga, Ghana.

Africa | Kassena homestead. Burkina Faso | ©Christian Jeantelet

Africa | The Ndebele are world famous for their colourful and geometric patterns painted on their houses. | © Anke Van Wyk

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The Musgum houses in Cameroon are made from compressed sun-dried mud. Their dome shape are very close to the catenary arch, the ideal mathematical form for maximum rigidity with a minimum of material. As well as being decorative, the raised pattern on the outside wall contribute to the drainage of rain and access to the top of the building for regular maintenance of the coating.