Disaster-proof ‘Antillean Gothic’ reinvents the shotgun shack

Repeating Islands

The shotgun shack, or shotgun house, is a linear dwelling common to the Caribbean and southern United States, which has been reinvented by Amonle Studio Workshop to be more sustainable and disaster-proof, as Duncan Geere writes in wired.co.uk.

The shotgun shack gets its name from its design — a linear series of three to five rooms in a row with no hallways, meaning that you can fire a shotgun from the front door and the pellets would fly cleanly out of the back, as all the doors are on the same side. “Double-barrel” shotgun houses share a central wall.

Amonle’s concept, which is called “Antillean Gothic“, keeps the basic design and arrangement of the structure but lifts it off the ground, adds a second floor for privacy and extra ventilation, and builds the whole thing out of materials readily available in the Caribbean — bamboo, metal…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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