West Africa Architecture

Cultural Stages of Togo Homes

Cultural Stages of Togo Homes
Amlame, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

All photos were taken in the Village of Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa, on the Danyi Plateau, about 50 Kilometers North and West of Kpalime.



I would observe and think this home is very old. Take a very close look and you will see a wooden water container with a lid, I am 95 percent, sure, it is not to make Fufu as they look about the same. Cooking is done under the eave of the home. There is the absolute minimal amount of home. The roof is grass. No screens, I am not sure about the bars on the windows, maybe there is not window. I have observed home with a series of 3 to 10 single entrance doors in some countries. I am thinking to make the most amount of air, you need this type of construction, and you want the whole wall to open. I think having doors all the way around the home would give the most amount of ventilation, and then have screens on the door openings. Then only use one for ingress, egress. The problem with a building is air, but it protects you from the elements, animals not so good on mosquitoes.

This photo taken in Danyi, Apeyeme is on the way down to the river, behind the small market where they drink that brew of alcohol.



This home has a steel roof, the wall are still clay adobe, yet hey have made a plaster effect. The water is collected by a gutter into a 55-gallon steel container. The building to the right I the kitchen, now under roof and safe from rain. The window have wood shutter, behind the shutter are bard made of rebar used inside concrete slabs to make strong.

Between the kitchens are the shower and the toilet. I took photos of this toilet, a unique, but very practical and pragmatic design. I think I will post it.

Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Home Stay coordinates - Michel and Jane are the Owners
Saturday, April 21, 2007
07 degrees 12.203 North
000 degrees 41.452 East
795 Meters of altitude above sea level




This is not the most modern here, by a long shot; there are luxury homes that would make any USA person jealous. Complete with servants, living quarters and a gardener, I always say, you can tell how rich a person is… Do they have a bodyguard?

Ok, this home is probably concreted; the bars are now on the outside and placed into the wall. There is maybe louvered windows, and screens on the windows.

The porch is luxury, and the size is luxury, I would think they have a shower area around back and who knows for toilet.

This photo was taken in Danyi, Apeyme, Togo up the hill from the middle picture, or the GPS coordinates.

The village has a water tower, however, I do not think they use, good drinking water is free here, and I do not think they could get people to pay, they would just walk and get water and skip the pay idea. This is just a guess, I see nobody using the inside water in the village of

Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa
Home Stay coordinates - Michel and Jane are the Owners
Saturday, April 21, 2007
07 degrees 12.203 North
000 degrees 41.452 East
795 Meters of altitude above sea level

From an architectural, culture point of view, this small city was great. Danyi Apeyeme, Togo West Africa is small enough to still use typical water gathering methods from the river, has just installed electricity, has a water tower, but seems to be not be used. In one small region of this country, in one small trek you can see all this in one hour. The river, the building, the construction methods. There are all layers of the culture in one area to view and try to understand or not understand, but muse.

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Cultural Stages of Togo Homes





Architecture Tourism of Togo

Architecture Tourism of Togo
Lome, Togo West Africa
Wednesday, May 30, 2007



This is a photo I took from the back of a speeding motorcycle taxi on the way to see the Falls of Akloa or Cascade d Akloa near the city of Badou, Togo, it located directly west of Atakpame, Togo and is on the border of Ghana and Togo.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2007/05/cascade-dakloa-badou-togo.html



This is a photo I took in the village of Badou, Togo.

There are some small hills, maybe called mountains that create a natural border between Ghana and Togo; maybe it is called the Akwapim Togo Ranges. Badou is a border town, sort of on the top of the area and the first city on the Togo side.

I have been reading guidebooks and internet pages about Africa.

I do not like to read about places I am visiting, so I am not the best to comment here, I tend to just go look, however there seems to be many of the major topics of travel just over-looked, ignored or not recognized by all the travelers of Africa. There are some special buildings in West Africa.

I became curious, why on top of the hills, why did they build this colonial building here, why is it ignored by Togo, or tourist?

As a note or reference, the HoboTraveler.com site is built around the reasons or informational topic needed while you travel. I have 150 specific topics I address or try to focus on the index of the main site, not the blog; the blog is an appendage to the site, as is the newsletter. The major site is separate, however these 150 topics are the 150 top questions or areas of interest as I define as relevant to travelers.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/

The blog is just an afterthought, a toy in a way.

However, to me, there is a need to have the world do a re-think on why they travel to places, there is more to do than Animals in Africa.

Here is a link to the index on Hobo of Architecture.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/architecture.php

Here is where a person would submit information on the Architecture of interest in the country of Togo.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/ar2architectureoftogo.php

Architecture Tourism of Togo