TOPPING OUT HOUSING FOR YOUTH



We are exited to announce that the roof is tight on our first prize winning entry “Good morning Alna”! An honourable ceremony was conducted by The Betanien Foundation, followed by a nice meal.


The practice of "topping out" a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious rite of placing a tree atop a new building to calm down the tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction. A tree or leafy branch is placed on the topmost wood or iron beam, often with flags and streamers tied to it. A toast is usually drunk and sometimes workers are treated to a meal. In masonry construction the rite celebrates the bedding of the last block or brick.

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