G.A.S FOUNDATION – Ikise, Ijebu

The G.A.S. Farm House, situated in Ikise, Ijebu 9South West Nigeria) offers a three-bed residency space for artists, designers, makers, scientists, agronomists, ecologists and researchers in quiet and peaceful surroundings. It sits on the lush 54-acre Ecology Green Farm founded by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA in 2018 which produces crops ranging from cassava and cashew to peppers and maize and the building. 2023 sees construction begin on an adjacent series of studio and workshop spaces dedicated to local craft.

The G.A.S. Farm House was designed by MOE+ with an interior design concept delivered by Temitayo Shonibare. The ambitious project is guided by principles of sustainability which are reflected in both it’s construction and design. The 40,000 bricks used for the building were created from earth dug up during the foundation laying process. Meanwhile, bamboo scaffolding was repurposed for the screens that wrap around the building. High ceilings keep air circulating and the building cool and power is delivered by solar panels.

The entire project is inspired by the idea of “Ile wa” which means “our home” in the Yoruba language, a style that includes a central courtyard surrounded by ancillary buildings. The aspiration has always been for the design of the space to be harmonious with the environment whilst maintaining the elegance of handcrafting.


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