Reclaiming the Wolof compound with local materials
Location: Royal Academy Summer Show, London
Credits: © Worofila
Under the curatorship of Sir David Adjaye, the theme for the Architecture Room at the RA Summer Show of 2021 was « Climate and Geography» as drivng forces within which architecture can take its place and adapt its identity. The work Worofila presented focuses on the use of locally sourced low-tech materials to produce a house inspired by vernacular dwellings. The graphic work displayed highlights the evolution of Senegalese housing typologies away from the traditional Wolof compound house. The latter is what inspired the plan for Keru Mbuubene, a renovation and extension project built with compressed earth blocks and typha. The sourcing and fabrication of building components with these two materials is also illustrated and a sample of an earth and typha block was physically displayed in the Weston Room to convey the raw nature of the material.