Market in Dandaji

Atelier Masomi  

In rural Niger, markets run on a weekly basis, but the fast demographic growth of the remote village of Dandaji led to building of a new marketplace for daily shopping, on the original site around the ancestral tree villagers have always gathered at. The scheme designed by Atelier Masomi, the practice of the Nigerian architect Mariam Kamata, is based on local architecture. Colorful circular canopies made of recycled metal make up for the fact that trees are hard to grow in such a dry climate, and provide shade while serving as a visual attraction. Their being set at varying heights induces natural airflow while pushing hot air up to the higher discs. Blocks of rammed earth were used in a region where the common materials are cement and adobe. Rammed earth also contributes to the cooling of 52 stalls.