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Documentation of Yorùbá Traditional Institutional Building: The Case of Àfin Irefin

Palaces within the Yorùbá culture are important places that is perceived as the position of power after the Orisas. The Yorùbá town radiates around the Oba’s palace whose architectural style spans years of experiences and cultural elements of identity. Mainly constructed using laterite and other traditionally sourced materials, they have withstood the test of time and worthy of preservation. Remarkably, interaction with outsiders brought about changes in taste and value that tends to influence the built environment of the Yorùbá people. As a result, traditional institutional structures like Yorùbá palaces are gradually changing to vernacular, eclectic or losing their traditional elements. Sadly, the loss of these distinctive architectural elements that differentiates and identify Yorùbá palace architecture could simply translate to loss of history and heritage. To this end, this paper seeks to document the Àfin Irefin in Ibadan. Highlighting the importance of the palace an important traditional institutional building and emphasising the need for documentation, restoration and preservation is the focus of the paper. Utilising a historical and archival research methods, the paper seeks to document the Àfin Irefin of Olubadan and highlight its important architectural elements. Through presentation of findings, the paper emphasises the importance of the structure as a part of Yorùbá heritage that is endangered due to deterioration, change in value and lack of preservation policy.

Architecture, Culture, Documentation, Yorùbá Palace, Preservation

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Sogbesan Oluwatoyin Zainab, Awonusi Friday Samson. (2022). Documentation of Yorùbá Traditional Institutional Building: The Case of Àfin Irefin. International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications, 8(4), 197-205. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220804.13

ACS Style

Sogbesan Oluwatoyin Zainab; Awonusi Friday Samson. Documentation of Yorùbá Traditional Institutional Building: The Case of Àfin Irefin. Int. J. Archit. Arts Appl. 2022, 8(4), 197-205. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220804.13

AMA Style

Sogbesan Oluwatoyin Zainab, Awonusi Friday Samson. Documentation of Yorùbá Traditional Institutional Building: The Case of Àfin Irefin. Int J Archit Arts Appl. 2022;8(4):197-205. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220804.13

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