Developing from personal research and experimentation carried out in Jirapa, Ghana, West Africa, an adaptable structure is proposed to accommodate material availability, climatic conditions, programmatic needs, growing families and personal preference. Sustainability is treated as a cognitive approach to environmental and � more significantly � social/cultural future development. The materials proposed are addressed locally, while the work and knowledge required to build the structures are conceived of universally.
The structure is comprised of two key elements, a hyperbolic armature and waterproof cladding. The armature structure shown here is constructed from bamboo, however, wooden planks or composite pipes are conceivable alternative materials. The bamboo armature is jointed with beer bottle washers and bolts, however hand carved dowels, wire and/or twine is a viable alternative joining material.
Additionally, the cladding shown here is a mixture of mud (laterite), clay, sand and plastered cow dung, but can be replaced with materials such as thatch, woven fiber, plastic tarps (i.e. used billboard posters typically sold for $20) or a cloth material.