When you think of “mud” buildings, I bet palaces do not come to mind first. This replica of the Palace of the Emir of Katsina is breathtaking. I shared it on tumblr last year and remembered it because it is the season of unbearable heat in Nigeria at the moment. I keep thinking of how cool the interior of adobe buildings are said to be…how they make more sense for our climate than concrete.
All images above are from Afrimod (more photos at the link!), here is what they had to say about the palace
…completed in 1976 by the Court Master Builder as a reference to the glory of ancient Hausa/Fulani city-states in Jos, Nigeria.
The red walls hide modular pieces behind earthen plaster made with red earth from the rivers, usually mixed with grass left in the sun to dry. Inside it is cool without being cool. The skin feels comfort, not coolness and the walls shield you not only from the sun and the heat but the noise. Passageways are arches, ceilings are high and domed yet there is no echo.
It is likely the original palace was painted or otherwise decorate as is usual with Sahelian architecture.