As seen on Archidatum. Pavilions for Okana is a Design & Build Project and an interdisciplinary challenge that seeks to make architecture students involved in the daily lives of their clients, predominantly focusing on sustainable architecture and narrowing down on cost.
The combination of design research and architectural composition triggered the project to grow beyond a theoretic level. Next to the design for a prototypical pavilion structure for the rural communities around Lake Victoria (East-Africa), the project focused on the realization phase following the graduation project.
Hence the co-working students’ responsibility lay within the research of building techniques, cultural and construction patterns resulting in the reinterpretation of traditional patterns of inhabitation and the design for a community centre in Okana (Kenya).
Next to it, managing the follow-up construction phase, acquisition of funding and having the final project leadership on site forms part of the challenge to explore the potential of a Design & Build – approach on academic level initiated by two students.
LOCATION: Okana Village, Kisumu, Kenya
ARCHITECTS: Laura Katharina Strähle and Ellen Rouwendal
PROJECT TEAM: Chair Graduation Studio Explore Lab; TU Delft Prof Prof. T. Asselbergs; Dr.-Ing. M. Bilow; Ass.-Prof. N. Mota; Prof. T. Avermaete; Author: Laura Katharina Straehle;E. Rouwendal
PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Katharina Strähle & Ellen Rouwendal