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A Whole Cob Guest House in Yène, SENEGAL (on the coast)!


December 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2015 @ 2:00 pm Contact

We will be spending four weeks  (Monday through Friday) building a 25m2  guest house on  land near the ocean in Yène, about an hour south of Dakar.  The guest house will be for Studio Placemakers, hosts of the workshop. This small organisation is led by a couple from the Netherlands.  Roos Limburg is an urban designer and Hans Goslinga is an artist and cultural organiser.   Since 2014 they have been creatively improving public places with the local people in Yène.   For more on  their recent projects in Senegal visit www.studioplacemakers.org.  This is  a one-of-a-kind cultural immersion and international building project where we will come together as a community/family made up of students from outside of Africa and the African and non-African locals to build together and share and learn with each other.

We will begin the project by completing the foundation and learning how to analyze your soil for clay/sand content and test for the perfect mix before starting to build the walls.  We will be inserting all kinds of windows, a door, sculpting the walls with bookshelves, niches, altars, adding some furniture and of course inserting all kinds of artistic local designs with natural and recycled materials.  We will build a cob floor and plaster the house with an earthen plaster partially embedded with beautiful mosaic patterns led by local artists.  Finally we will make multi-colored clay paints using the local yellow, grey, orange, red and purple pigments found in the cliffs along the coast to add the final touches to the house.  A second umbrella roof will already be built to keep the worksite in the shade and for insulation reasons, however we will be putting on the house roof (translucent corrugated sheets) as part of the workshop.

By participating in this workshop you will be helping to rebirth “modern” earthen building in West Africa and bringing it back to your area as well.

We will end the workshop on December 31 with a huge celebration!!!!


December 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am
December 31, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
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