The Omani houses of Zanzibar are the tangible legacy of ancient trade links and 19th century political domination. These elegant houses are climatically effective, and offer private outdoor living space in a dense urban environment. This type of house is still popular in Oman, but in Zanzibar it is threatened. As background this report reviews the state of the literature related to the Omani houses of Zanzibar and also presents a very brief historical perspective. A description of the selected case study in its current state is followed by a proposed reconstruction to its perceived original form when built in the 19th century. This exercise reveals a concept of great sophistication and clarity. Although the planning process and the
constituent elements were standardized, an infinite range of possible plan forms and sections ensured flexibility and
responsiveness. Our subsequent analysis hints that the Omani house is unique but not alien when compared with other traditional Arab courtyard houses. The report is concluded with suggestions for future academic research, while our conclusions and recommendations focus on opportunities for practical research and development. The premature demise of this house type was partly the result of colonization and European interference. It offers valuable lessons, however, which could be explored in our quest for better affordable housing in Southern and East Africa.
In the Stone Town of Zanzibar, a World Heritage Site, the
amalgamation of various cultures has created a complex architectural
as well as cultural heritage. Public space is regarded as male space
due to the strong Islamic ...
Mziray, Cheggy Clement(University of Pretoria, 2004)
"In 2001 after the 2000 election in Zanzibar, the Civic United Front (CUF) began planning a series of peaceful demonstrations to protest alleged fraud in the October 2000 presidential elections, calling for a rerun of the ...
Steyn, Gerald(Art Historical Work Group of South Africa, 2002)
Lamu is a living town off the Kenya coast. It was recently nominated to the World Heritage List. The town has been relatively undisturbed by colonization and modernization. This study reports on the early Swahili dwelling, ...