Hikma Complex, Niger: A Resurrection of Africa’s Identity

Hikma Complex, Niger: A Resurrection of Africa's Identity

When you see Chinese buildings on wallpapers, no one tells you it’s China right? You just know. When you see the picture of the Hikma Complex in Niger, it doesn’t just tell you something about the country but a whole continent.

It tells you about Africa and how the world started using earth to raise iconic structures for man’s survival with the touch of architectural creativity.

HIKMA COMPLEX RESTRUCTURED

This new 2018 structure of the Hikma Complex felt a new touch of Africa, a fresh breath coming on old earth through the collaboration of Mariam Kamara and Yasaman Esmaili.

Kamara, the Nigerien founder of Architecture studio Atelier Masōmī‘s and Esmaili of Studio Chahar restored the former Hausa mosque that had fallen into disrepair.

They brought life to the building creating a community space as well as a library to expand the people’s knowledge. A large part of the iconic structure is made of compressed-earth bricks. The materials were mostly sourced within Dandaji village.

According to a German architect, Dalbai:

“It’s clearly a contemporary building that is deeply rooted in Nigerien tradition…Not only culturally, but also technically because it relies on old traditional building techniques and materials.”

It’s indeed a resurrection of Africa’s identity.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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