these designs are very different and unique, there are overlaying design considerations. These similarities are what bind these designs into it's own "style".
point can not be overemphasized! Zambia has close ties to the land, especially
in its vernacular architecture. Flowers, trees and plants are used to enhance
the beauty. One should be in touch with nature not shut out from it. These designs
try to incorporate as much nature as possible. Whether it is the sun filtering
through a trellis or the bloom of a colorful flower.
is an issue which has been addressed many times due to its importance. Architecture
is a major element in a societies culture. People build what they see and identify
with. Quality structures which use vernacular patterns and materials must be
built and showcased so people can see them and believe it is possible and beautiful.
to the warm African climate, people use outdoor spaces for many reasons. These
spaces can be designed for focus and for functions. Plenty of seating spaces
and different outdoor spaces is important. This already is the case in Zambian society, especially in the village setting..
this is a huge concern. How open is too open? With more openings, you increase
the design possibilities and aesthetics but it also creates more security problems.
Security bars can be used not as an add-on feature but instead be part of the
overall design. Decorative bars and/or removable ones can be used so it does
not feel like a prison inside and really take advantage of nature.
space between indoors and outdoors is an important area. Terraces, trellises,
verandahs, balconies and screened in areas all take advantage of being outdoors
but still having protection from the elements. These spaces can be designed
for a pleasant entry and unique sitting spaces.