CAMEROONIAN CULTURAL CENTER
by Aruzhan Turganova
To address and explore in-depth the applicability of nomadic architecture into the modern world I integrated the architectural style of nomadic tents into my final thesis project, which aims to create a cultural center for local Cameroonians who reside in Nylon district of Yaoundé. Dancing and music play a big role in the Cameroonian culture and lifestyle; therefore, the program of the project includes a dance venue as the main activity space, which integrates learning and leisure experiences, and also serves as a social space in the neighbourhood which faces lack of communal spirit. The project aims to bring Cameroonian people together by emphasizing and preserving local traditions and culture. The traditional architectural style of nomadic tents aids the purpose of the project both from the social and environmental points of view. From the environmental point of view, the program includes rainwater harvesting which uses an inclined roofing system as a way to provide cleaner water for the neighborhood which suffers from poor sanitation. Moreover, the greywater used for showers and sinks is also harvested to minimize water waste and utilize it for gardening and to flush toilets. The tent itself acts as a shelter from the sun, allows natural ventilation in the space underneath it due to the presence of voids.