kraal [krɑːl] South African n
1. (Social Science / Anthropology & Ethnology) a hut village in southern Africa, esp one surrounded by a stockade
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Agriculture) an enclosure for livestock
Being African presents a concept of the world which is opposed to the traditional philosophy of Europe. A European perspective is dualistic as it makes a distinction between body and soul, matter and spirit. The African, on the other hand, conceives the world as a mobile, yet unique, reality that seeks synthesis.
The architectural response must therefore establish a dialogue between these two realities seeking synthesis rather than exploring the distinctions. It must create an open dialogue wherein these elements co-exist. The architectural notions of wall and ceiling to be fused and seek to integrate elements within a harmonious composition.
Use the materials of the place. Stone construction, timber.
Kraal (also spelled craal or kraul) is an Afrikaans and Dutch word (also used in South African English) for an enclosure for cattle or other livestock, located within an African settlement or village surrounded by a palisade, mud wall, or other fencing, roughly circular in form.