Here are the technical drawings and how they arrived at this impressive design after their engaging workshop with the community (Check out our video to see what it was like!):
Here we explore the external façade of the building composed of three main structural components: gabions, bamboo and wood. Novel in its use as a building material, gabions, which are made out of stones inside a rectangular metal mesh, encapsulate the community’s aspiration for security and resilience. The fast growing bamboo on the other hand reflects the dynamics of the social fabric that underpins Mathare 3A and lifts the centre to a higher ground for group activities, personal explorations, and child care. As in a tree, the wood forms rings around the building giving it strength and support for long and extensive usage of the community centre.
The centre has its wide entrance on the north side facing the road that runs through Mathare 3A that will allow passage way into the rich environment of exchange, learning, and healthcare. The windows on the ground floor enable light and air to enter the building without disturbing the active programmes running indoors. The first floor offers a view over Mathare without compromising on safety and security. An opening in the roof allows sun light to enter the centre’s inner court yard that connects the maternity health clinic, with the community hall, and the activity space of the first floor."
A 3D rendering of the design is coming soon!