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Toshiko Mori / USA NEW ARTIST RESIDENCY, SINTHIAN, SENEGAL 2015 The building has been constructed with local materials by local craftsmen with their knowledge of building in bamboo, brick and thatch. Traditional craft techniques and the formal idiom characteristic of the original architecture in this region of Senegal are reinterpreted here. The collection of rainwater in the roof construction is a tradition in among other places the Casamance region in Senegal. The traditional impluvium houses consist of a circular central building where rainwater is collected in large pots through a hole in the roof. Around these lies a ring of small circular houses. In this project the traditional thatch has been twisted and drawn to form a more sculptural covering of two very open spaces, It is possible to collect rainwater amounting to 40% of the residents’ water consumption. 141


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