African Village
The Details: Making it Real

The African village on Bunce Island was home to many workers and their families. "Adams Town" was composed of a central street with 25 house on both sides, pavilions, a large forman's house and a cemetery. That village can be explored below in the first section.

Information and detail about the houses, space analysis, and digital development can be discovered in the second section.

The cemetery location, history and digital design is illustrated in the final section

Typical Village Houses
Two typical floorplans of village structures are presented on the first row below and offer the unique opportunity to explore the spacial layout of interior spaces. A rectangular plan illustrates a larger central room with smaller adjacent rooms around the perimeter. Each room features a small window opening. Smaller rooms are accessed from the larger central space. Two covered entry porches located on opposite sides of the structure both lead to the central room. The cylindrical plan offers the same arrangement of interior spaces as the rectangular plan. A rendered texture sampler in the center of this row explores ground cover and water textures.

The bottom row offers a comparison between wireframe and rendered digital reconstruction of the two types of village structures - retangular and circular. The wireframe elevation view shows two rectangular and two circular structures scaled in proporotion. Covered porches with partial walls with wood column support for the thatched roof can be viewed with doors, windows and roof construction. The rendered reconstruction (Move cursor on and off second row image) illustrates the digitally reconstructed elevation view with textures, light and shadow. The thatched roof overhangs the structure and porch. Mud brick and stucco textures are applied to wall surfaces of both structure types.
Plan Views of Village Houses - rectangular and circular with texture sampler
Wireframe and Rendered Comparision. Move cursor on and off image CAD Images by Chatelain

Village Wireframe Reconstruction and Island Comparision
This comparative illustration of CAD wireframe and rendered reconstruction of the free African workers or "grumetes" village features texture, light and shadow. The design specialist knowledge combined with the historian's research have produced 3-dimensional imagery of a community supporting up to 600 grumetes. The village of 25 to 30 traditional African houses of mudbrick with thatched roof structures feature an African foreman's house, several pavilions and cemeteries along a long street.

Both images are looking to the south. In the wireframe view, houses are round or rectangular with doors, windows and porches. In the rendered image the mountains can be seen in the background.Worn ground cover is contrasted with less traveled, grassy areas. The mudbrick construction was left exposed or covered with stucco.

Moving the cursor over the wireframe/rendered image will illustrate the village's location and size in relation to the slave castle and island. Notice the ship anchored next to the jetty. Move cursor on and off image
Wireframe/Rendered Houses and Island Village Comparision. CAD Images by Chatelain

History speaks through the cemeteries located near the center of the island and "Adam's Town" village. The stone slabs and other markings in the six current photographs below have been badly vandalized over the decades. "Adam", the african foreman on the island, is identified on a grave stone slab produced in England and dedicated to him.

The CAD images illustrate the grave site location at the highest elevation on the island. Each grave stone or slab is represented with small black rectangles. Two digital reconstruction images illustrate the grave site slabs and headstones and feature a fence structure surrounding the grave site area.
Six Cemetary Images from Bunce Island
Digitally Rendered Plan View, Topo and Gravesite Images CAD Images by Chatelain

The Details: Making it Real Extra-Mural Features