Bamboo Lattice Vault

Status

Built
Location 
Accra, Ghana
2016

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Bamboo lattice canopy installed as part of the Kiosk Culture exhibition at ANO Ghana cultural and arts center for the launch of Gallery1957 in Accra, Ghana. 

Commissioned by Ghanaian art historian, curator, writer and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (shown above). Assembled over two days to test method for building mid-size roofed space quickly using all-natural materials—bamboo and woven rattan mats—in dialog more broadly with the concept of "kiosk culture".

Method of construction: Bamboo culms split into slats, joined into long linear elements, formed into arches and interwoven—to form a self- supporting structural web that references the language of baskets and weaving—a combination of the techniques earlier tested with students at Ashesi University, who designed and built PVC lattice vault and the bamboo slat dome prototypes, under supervision of DK Osseo-Asare and Augustus Richardson.