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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Primordial Huts...

Nov 29th, 2009 by Bren Nolasco for Bukisa
This collection of "Unique Traditional Houses" from around the world is a tribute to the creativity and sense of beauty of a once Modern Architecture.

1. Naga Hut: India

This unique house design is an Angami Naga dwelling located at the Naga Heritage Village, Kohima, Nagaland. Nagaland is a hill state located in the far north-eastern part of India. 

2. Bolgatanga Painted Village: Ghana

During dry season when there is little work in the field, women in this village in Ghana are busy painting their houses. These painted houses are located in Village Of Pottery Art and Culture or simply VOPCA, a village 8 km west of Bolgatanga. These houses are popular tourist attraction in the area. 

3. Maison Obus: Cameroon

These extremely unique traditional houses are located located in Cameroon.

4. Maison Ndebeles: Africa

This colorful house is located in Africa.

5. Xinle Houses: China

These traditional houses are Xinle house design of the Xinle civilization that flourished in China 7,200 years ago.

The Xinle Civilization flourished about 5500 to 4800 BCE during the Neolithic period at the lower Liao River.

6. Kanak House: New Caledonia

This house design is home to a Kanak, the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific.

Almost 50% of the inhabitants of the beautiful tropical island of New Caledonia are Kanak people.

7. Yoshinogari Dwellings: Japan

These unique designs of houses are reconstructed dwellings in Yoshinogari, a large and complex Yayoi archeological site in Kyushu, Japan. It is believed that such houses existed from 3rd century BCE to 3rd century CE.

This complex and large archeological site has a total area of about 40 hectares. This site is a major tourist attraction.

Specifically, the Yoshinogari site is located in Yoshinogari, Saga, Japan.

8. Toro Pit Dwelling: Japan

Not far from Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is another archeological site where unique traditional house designs can be found – Late Yayoi archeological site. It is located in Suzuga-ku the city of Shizouka. The pit-house above is believed to have been built in the 1st century CE.

9. Fijian Hut: Fiji

These beautiful huts are located in the Nausori Highlands in the interior of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. One of the most picturesque villages in the area is Navala.

The Nausori Highlands are a great place to learn about Fijian culture.

10. Beach Hut: Denmark

This colorful beach hut is located in Ero Hale near Marstal on Ero Island in Denmark.

11. Underground House: Tunisia

Believe it or not, this dwelling is actually a hotel. It is called Hotel Sidi Driss. This traditional Berber troglodyte underground building is located in the village of Matmata, Tunisia. If you have seen the movie ‘Star Wars’, the hotel served as the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine.
The structures are created by digging a large pit in the ground and around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways.

12. Thatched House: Romania

This thatched house is located in Village Museum in Bucharest, the capital of the former communist state of Romania.

13. Traditional Cottage: Cameroon

This lovely-looking cottage is located in Barbara’s Village at Langma Beach in Cameroon. It is a traditional style village resort.

14. Rock Houses: Iran

This village called Kandovan is a tourist spot in Iran and is famous for its unique houses which are carved inside rocks. These houses were built about 700 years ago and are still being inhabited. The mineral water in the area is also well-known to tourist because it is believed that it can cure kidney problems.

15. Turf Houses: Iceland

Because timbers are not suitable for house construction in Iceland due to its harsh winter climate, most houses are made of turf.

16. Traditional Hut: Cameroon

This hut that is made of indigenous materials is an African Hut at Bana, a small village of Cameroon.

17. Rumah Gudang: Indonesia

Rumah Gadang which means ‘big house’ in Minangkabau language is the traditional home of Minangkabau people of Indonesia. The house has dramatic curved roof structure with multi-tired, upswept gables. Shuttered windows are built into walls incised with profuse painted floral carvings. A Rumah Gadang is owned by the women of the family and ownership is passed from mother to daughter.

18. Zalfimaniry: Madagascar

This is a typical Zafimaniry house located in Madagascar. It is entirely made of woods.

19. Ksar Ouleds: Tunisia

These multi-storey houses in Tunisia are made of clay because woods are not available in the area.

20. Masai House: Tanzania

This Maasai house is located in Tanzania. The house’s design is still traditional but the roof is no longer made of thatch but made of GI sheets.

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