Earth House Evolution

Thick walls, small windows, and efficient designs have for centuries been part of Burkina Faso’s cooling architecture. Today, they’re a modern way to beat the heat. National Geographic, February 2023.

Webby Honoree, 2024. Websites and Mobile Sites, Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics.

For this project, I developed two distinct models to capture the essence of traditional houses in Burkina Faso. The first model was a 3D version created using precise measurements taken from existing structures. This digital model ensures accuracy and provides a detailed representation of the architectural features and dimensions typical of these houses.

The second model was handmade using polymer clay to add realism to the illustration. This tactile approach allows for a more nuanced depiction of the texture and aesthetic qualities of the houses, offering a tangible connection to the craftsmanship and materials used in their construction. By combining these two methods, the project balances technical precision with artistic interpretation.

See the digital version here.