mayukwayukwa refugee center
The project aims to provide visitors accommodation, facilitation, and education; while reclaiming the indigenous building techniques with local materials in innovative ways. Natural ventilations, use of daylight, solar panels, and fabrics that create semi-isolations and provide bug whisks are prioritized for sustainability. The construction is designed on foundations with sacks. The walls constitute of rammed earth, clay bricks, and the roofing is designed with light wood and metal sheets. It is an inducing opportunity to interpret these indigenous techniques by rethinking the needs of the users, the efficiencies and the deficiencies of the area through contemporary design approach.
Due to heavy rains and long drauts, the roofs are designed to carry rainwater with variety of elevations and collect in water tanks. In addition, a system is designed to pave the way to carry the water from the well through the farming areas to the storage in a practical way.
Another step of sustainably adapting the architecture is to locate the camp while keeping the trees and the existing building. The project is designed to have liminal spaces providing safety and privacy with semi-enclosures. To complement the idea of additive building mentality, the camp is divided into three functions: accommodation, socializing and educational areas.
The accommodation buildings both have their half-enclosed courtyards to provide the aforementioned privacy and security; while contributing the staging. The social areas are altered as open, closed, and semi-closed to respond to climatic factors. The central courtyard regulates the user flow while facilitating a communal area for gatherings with the small amphitheatre. To emphasise the unifying aspect of African culinary culture, the kitchen is located to be the first space any newcomer would notice. It is also designed half-enclosed to allow sitting either on the bench or standing and watching from outside during the workshops. While life at the camp mainly constitutes of contribution to the communal lifestyle, the refugees also obtain education. Workshop areas, the office and the multipurpose hall are located relatively away from the other areas to provide suitable environment for education.
This camp has the potential to set an example. Regarding that, an installation on the existing radio-tower is designed with low budget materials such as ropes that represents the traditional colors of Africa to create a landmark.