Heritage

Musgum Dwellings – Cameroon

Musgum dwellings by the ethnic Musgum people in Cameroon are traditional domestic structures built of compressed sun-dried mud. The dwellings were constructed by local residents using few tools and taking advantage of the available materials of the zone: they are an example of sustainable architecture. Musgum dwellings are described as beehive type, buildings made from a circle topped with a domed roof.

Musgum houses don’t have foundation: to enhance its strength they have thicker walls at the base and thinner walls at the top of the building. To allow air circulation the top of each house have an opening. The veins in the facade help the people to climb on top of the house for execute the frequent maintenance that the dwellings require.

A maximum of fifteen huts belonging to the same family are grouped surrounded by a wall.

 

 

 

 

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