Compound Houses

Compund House

How City Life Transformed Ghana’s Compound Houses

For decades, when people built themselves new homes in Ghana’s capital, Accra, you could be pretty sure it would be a compound house. These mini-complexes of houses — grouped around shaded courtyards set back from the street — were the building blocks of modern Accra, bringing together extended families that had migrated from the countryside. The compound offered close kinship...

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