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African architecture; a feast for the eyes

Twitter user “Igbo Excellence” has posted visual cornucopia of buildings from all over Africa, mostly modern, with riffs on local, traditional building practices and styles. I’ve linked to the Bored Panda post;


I think my favourite is the BCEAO Tower (a banking building in Bamako, Mali that I’ve used as my lede pic). Wikipedia describes the building;

Classified as Neo-Sudanic architecture, the tower is modeled on the Sudano-Sahelian architecture of the famous Mosques of Djenné and Timbuktu. The building, dull orange in colour, matches the traditional banco architecture of West Africa, as well as that of the soil in the surrounding area. Its tapered shape resembles a termite hill from a distance. The distinctive “horns” (or “bat ears”) on the building’s top, and its deeply incised, vertically variegated facade are typical decorative elements of Sahelian architecture, found on buildings such as the Great Mosque of Djenné, and strongly resembling the 1923 Bamako Marketbuilding.

My only quibble is the lack of identifying text with the pictures; I had to do a google image search to identify the BCEAO Tower.

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