by Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 26 June 2014

Rita Willaert has been to southeastern Burkina Faso and back— and she has more than touristy snapshots to prove it. At Tiébélé, she found a 1.2 hectare village at the base of a hill overlooking the West African savannah where the royal residence made up of decorated mud brick and earthen homes belonging to the Kassena — who settled in Burkina Faso during the 15th century — is. Hardly lavish but so DIY, this is royal art architecture that is crazily, inspiringly rooted.