It mixes local materials, simple technologies, careful siting and control of sun and wind to build an off-grid, solar powered facility.
The entire complex is built on a raised platform to allow ventilation under and to separate it from the dust and mud. Then the buildings are constructed from a sun-dried brick cast on site.
The bricks don't do well in contact with a lot of water, so they sit on the raised plane for protection from below, while above, a sun and water screen protects the buildings.
Breezes can flow below the floor and below the roof, keeping the buildings cooler without mechanical ventilation. The roof also gathers rainwater.
The buildings are plastered and painted, with slogans in five languages as a graphic element.
It was built with local trades in fifteen months. More at Archdaily
Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Project Architect: Riccardo Vannucci
Project Team: Giuseppina Forte, Joao Sobral, Erika Trabucco & Emanuela Valle
Site supervision: Erika Trabucco, Joao Sobral
Client: AIDOS [Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo] Voix des Femmes
Financial Promoters: Partito dei Democratici di Sinistra, European Commission
Design Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2006-2007
Site Area: 1,600 sqm
Constructed Area: 500 sqm
Budget: US $267,067