Weft was the 3rd place winner in the Nka Foundation’s 3rd Earth Architecture Competition – Designing for the Arts. Upon placing 3rd, we were invited to travel to Abetenim, Ghana to realize the proposed design with the help of the hosting community and volunteers from all over the world, including you.
During the beginning of the workshop, we will become acquainted with the vernacular of the Ashanti Region. We will visit local villages to observe the implications and effects of the built environment.
While introducing ourselves to the community and environment, we will participate in group charettes with the locals and fellow participants. We will discuss project details, team strategies, construction schedule, and much more. During this period, participants will be encouraged to elaborate on a part of the project that they find most compelling. We will work together to ensure that everyone has a critical role in areas of the project they are interested in.
Next, the build begins. We will begin sourcing materials and preparing the site for construction. We will work closely with the local builders and craftsmen to learn and develop traditional earth-construction methods.
There are two main components of a finished weaving, the warp and the weft. The warp is the foundation of the weaving, the guiding structure. The weft brings life to the work; it is the visible element, the character of the piece.
The feature wall of the project is the “weft” wall. It weaves through the column grid (the warp) defining the programmatic elements of the art center. The columns, while guiding the Weft wall, lift the light metal roofs slightly above the Weft wall, creating a sense of openness and connection throughout the project site.
The site for Weft is on the edge of the Ashanti Arts Village, reaching North-West, towards nearby weaving villages, creating an implied connection between the two.
The following images were the boards submitted to the competition.