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26 Examples of African Architecture

From Easily Adaptable Abodes to Luxuriously Domed Retreats

— June 30, 2014 — Eco
When people think of Africa, it is easy to get caught up with visions of the continent's wildlife, landscapes and overall exotic culture; yet these examples of African architecture show a different side of the adventurous destination that encourage people to reevaluate their initial perceptions. With an eye for modernity that is often associated with Singapore, Dubai and North America, many African homes, hotels and cultural hubs are contemporary and innovative.

From sleek abodes fit for tech-savvy individuals to retreats that focus as much on its natural surroundings as it does on luxurious accommodations, these examples of African architecture suggest that its cities are appealing to upper-class tourists and tastemakers alike. Yet many of the designs still keep in mind its heritage in order to make the experience as unique and representative as possible.
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Activism-Inspired Medical Centers
Activism-Inspired Medical Centers
The Burkina Faso Medical Center Highlights Social Good
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Stilted Architecture Designs
Stilted Architecture Designs
The Africanews Headquarters is Elevated off the Ground
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Luxury African Towers
Luxury African Towers
The Ramzi Towers High-Rise is Located on an Exclusive Nigerian Island
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African Tech Cities
African Tech Cities
Kenya’s Government is Investing in 'Africa’s Silicon Savannah'
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Easily Adaptable Abodes
Easily Adaptable Abodes
The Hyde Park Houses by Daffonchio + Associate Architects is Flexible
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Water-Harvesting Vessels
Water-Harvesting Vessels
The WarkaWater Towers Make Clean Drinking Water Easy to Access
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African Urban Planning
African Urban Planning
Koffi & Diabaté's Urban Planning Projects Offer Solutions
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Aluminium-Wrapped Seaside Sanctuaries
Aluminium-Wrapped Seaside Sanctuaries
La Lucia by SAOTA is a Beautiful Shoreline Retreat
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Visionary Floating Schools
Visionary Floating Schools
Kunle Adeyemi is Building Floating School in a Water-Logged Slum
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Thatched African Hotels
Thatched African Hotels
The Kyambura Lodge by Regional Associates is a Modern Twist on Tradition
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Transforming Auditorium Architecture
Transforming Auditorium Architecture
The CasArts Theater Presents for Indoor and Outdoor Audiences
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Extensively Open Abodes
Extensively Open Abodes
The House VK 1 by Greg Wright Architects is Mixed
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Spectacularly Terraced Mansions
Spectacularly Terraced Mansions
The Aloe Ridge House Diminishes Barriers Between Inside and Out
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Upcycled Shipping Container Dorms
Upcycled Shipping Container Dorms
Mills Junction from Citiq is Made from Old Silos
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Luxuriously Domed Retreats
Luxuriously Domed Retreats
Mahali Mzuri by Richard Branson is a Spacious African Getaway
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Wall-Less Seaside Escapes
Wall-Less Seaside Escapes
The Sea House by Sarah Calburn Architects is an Ocean Getaway
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Secluded African Wilderness Resorts
Secluded African Wilderness Resorts
The Leobo Private Reserve Offers Maximum Luxury
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Cabana-Inspired Abodes
Cabana-Inspired Abodes
The House Aboobaker by Nico van der Meulen Architects is Unbelievable
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Spectacular African Retreats
Spectacular African Retreats
The Cove 6 Residence Features Panoramic Views
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L-Shaped Architecture
L-Shaped Architecture
The 'Vame' House in South Africa is an ideal Getaway
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Elevated Ecological Airports
Elevated Ecological Airports
Symbiotic Vaulting Lets Nature, Neighborhoods and Airlines to Coexist
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Enchanting African Treehouse Havens
Enchanting African Treehouse Havens
This Game Reserve Lodge in South Africa is Whimsical and Sweet
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South African Zen Sanctuaries
South African Zen Sanctuaries
The SGNW House by Metropole Architects is Modern and Rustic
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River-Infused Residences
River-Infused Residences
The Nico van der Meulen Architects ‘Ber House’ is Luxurious
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Seven-Level Cliffside Villas
Seven-Level Cliffside Villas
Nettleton 198 by SAOTA is a Beautiful South African Sanctuary
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Ultra Modern Barns
Ultra Modern Barns
This Emilio Eftychis Design is Sleek and Eco-Sustainable
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Underwater Hotel Rooms
Underwater Hotel Rooms
The Partially Submerged Manta Resort Offers Astounding Aquatic Views
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