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An Inno-native Approach

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Joe Osae-Addo, a highly gregarious, Ghanaian-born architect, was living in Los Angeles, designing buildings and acting as the unofficial social coordinator of the local architecture scene. But on a visit to Ghana in 2000 he ran into, and subsequently fell in love with, Sara Asafu-Adjaye, an old high-school classmate who was living in London.
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  A free-flowing, open-plan dining and living area is built of local Dahoma wood and has sliding screens and jalousie windows to allow cross ventilation in the hot climate.  Photo by: Dook
    A free-flowing, open-plan dining and living area is built of local Dahoma wood and has sliding screens and jalousie windows to allow cross ventilation in the hot climate.

    Photo by: Dook

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  Kwaku’s bike sits near the adobe wall.  Photo by: Dook
    Kwaku’s bike sits near the adobe wall.

    Photo by: Dook

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  The wraparound balcony is a playground for four-year-old Kwaku; there he plays soccer, chases the family’s four dogs, and hangs out with his friend and neighbor, Anita.  Photo by: Dook
    The wraparound balcony is a playground for four-year-old Kwaku; there he plays soccer, chases the family’s four dogs, and hangs out with his friend and neighbor, Anita.

    Photo by: Dook

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  Sara Asafu-Adjaye rests on a couch in the TV room. The IKEA light fixture and other imports give the house its blend of Western and African, mass-produced and handmade.  Photo by: Dook
    Sara Asafu-Adjaye rests on a couch in the TV room. The IKEA light fixture and other imports give the house its blend of Western and African, mass-produced and handmade.

    Photo by: Dook

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  Osae-Addo’s electric bike sits at the juncture between a powder room and TV area.  Photo by: Dook
    Osae-Addo’s electric bike sits at the juncture between a powder room and TV area.

    Photo by: Dook

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  The Bulthaup workbench and kitchen cabinets were imported from L.A.  Photo by: Dook
    The Bulthaup workbench and kitchen cabinets were imported from L.A.

    Photo by: Dook

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  Osae-Addo is highly gregarious and his house serves as a magnet for friends and family. He lunches with his Aunty Charlotte, who is also his neighbor.  Photo by: Dook
    Osae-Addo is highly gregarious and his house serves as a magnet for friends and family. He lunches with his Aunty Charlotte, who is also his neighbor.

    Photo by: Dook

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  Slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest.  Photo by: Dook
    Slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest.

    Photo by: Dook

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  The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.  Photo by: Dook
    The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.

    Photo by: Dook

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